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13th Mar 2021

Co-leader of Scottish Green Party calls for monarchy to be abolished

Scottish Green Party leader Patrick Harvie has called for the monarchy to be abolished, instead believing that Scotland needs to elect its own Head of State

Alex Roberts

His remarks come in the wake of Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey

Co-leader of the Scottish Green Party Patrick Harvie has called for the British monarchy to be abolished.

Harvie instead wants to see Scotland leave the UK and elect its own Head of State.

During the much-anticipated interview between Harry, Meghan and Oprah Winfrey, a number of potentially damning accusations were made.

Meghan said members of the royal family had “concerns and conversations about how dark his [their son Archie’s] skin might be”.

Oprah was left visibly stunned, and while Meghan said concerns were relayed to Harry, they declined to name the family member responsible because of how “damaging” the claim is.

Meghan said there have been several conversations with “family” on the topic.

The pair were asked by Oprah if these were “about how dark your baby is going to be?”

Meghan responded: “Potentially, and what that would mean or look like.”

“They were concerned that if he were too brown, that that would be a problem?” Oprah asked.

“I wasn’t able to follow up with why,” said Meghan, “but if that’s the assumption you’re making, I think that feels like a pretty safe one.”

Prince William responded to these allegations earlier this week when he told reporters “we’re very much not a racist family”.

For Scottish Green Party leader Patrick Harvie, the issue is evidence of a need to move away from the monarchy.

Patrick Harvie was elected co-leader of the Scottish Green Party in 2019. (Photo: Getty)

In a statement, he said: “The revelations from the last few days, and other recent scandals, raise serious questions about the attitudes and values of the royal family and those around them.

“They also serve as a reminder that the monarchy itself is an outdated, discredited and totally undemocratic institution.”

Harvie believes Scotland needs to break away from Britain and elect its own Head of State.

He added: “As we look to the future that Scotland can have as a fairer, greener and independent country, it is clear that asking the people to choose a modern, democratically accountable head of state would be the best step forward.”