Barbados prime minister Owen Arthur has declared that his country will become a republic by the end of the year. In explaining this new urgency to a change already under discussion he referred to the possibility that one day Barbadians might have to swear allegiance to Harry Windsor. Mr. Windsor, who was recently photographed wearing a Nazi emblem, might one day be Britain’s hereditary head of state. Under present arrangements that would also make him head of state of a number of former British colonies.
Prime minister Arthur said "Heaven forbid, but if Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth were to die; if Prince Charles and Prince William were to die, I would have a fundamental difficulty swearing allegiance to King Harry."