Now that the Queen is dead, what will happen to the Commonwealth?

Many of the Commonwealth’s member nations are likely to be doubtful about the prospect of a rather unconvincing King Charles III — especially when viewed against the backdrop of a world increasingly critical of imperialism.
In case you haven’t heard, Queen Elizabeth II has died and her son, now known as King Charles III, will take over. All of this has been preordained, like the roles themselves — and the family feuding that will keep us entertained long into the future.
Like so many others, I thought the Queen was fantastic; dutiful, moral, understated. She carved out a delicate, difficult path, and did it with great understanding. And, like so many others, I still treasure meeting her, even though the meeting with about 20 other journalists and media bigwigs many years ago was very brief and actually pretty dull. This was deliberate and unremarkable. As Rebecca Mead wrote in the New Yorker’s tribute to the Queen, “Elizabeth led a life made up of privilege and sacrifice, and even those who resented the former acknowledged the latter.”
About Elizabeth there is a lot to be said, and also ironically very little. Only once in her 70-year reign did she step off of her preordained path, and that was done so hamfistedly, she never did it again. The incident was the infamous off-the-record briefing in 1986 in which the Queen allowed it to be known that she favoured sanctions against South Africa, a position supported by the majority of the Commonwealth nations.
The position was in contrast to that held by then UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was against sanctions and felt negotiations were the best way to persuade South Africa’s white-minority government to dismantle apartheid.
The Queen, as representative of the Commonwealth, essentially took the side of the organisation against the policy of the British government. But, in doing so, she was treading a delicate constitutional line, since British royalty are supposed to have no role in government.
The carefully concerted leaks, almost identically phrased, appeared in five newspapers. But to avoid the constitutional issues, Buckingham Palace refused to confirm that these were the views of the Queen.
In the TV drama The Crown, when Thatcher confronts the Queen about the issue at one of their scheduled, weekly meetings, Elizabeth tosses it off, saying: “Oh, you shouldn’t believe everything you read in the papers.” There is no knowing whether this is true or not.
The palace press officer ...