The Queen "fully understood" the context of the Duke of Sussex's criticism of the history of the Commonwealth, a senior peer has said.
The Duke was under fire this week for saying the "uncomfortable" history of the Commonwealth must be addressed and there is "no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past", with "still so much more to do" to tackle racism.
The comments attracted criticism from historians, but Lord Howell of Guildford, the president of the Royal Commonwealth Society, said the Queen would have understood the Duke's message.
Speaking in Thursday's Chopper's Politics podcast (which you can listen to on the player above), Lord Howell said: "I would think she fully understood the context. He's been very active and committed to Commonwealth activities.
"He's a real champion of the Commonwealth and I think he was trying to explain to others outside Government ... where we are going. I would have thought she understood it fully, frankly."
Lord Howell described the Commonwealth as "winding down the empire" and "a voluntary coming together of those countries who didn't feel too antagonistic or angry or furious about the past".
The modern-day Commonwealth had allowed them to be "joined together in repairing some of the bad aspects of the past and some of the abuses and atrocities, and all the rest", he said.
He added that the fact the organisation was "ceasing to be the British Commonwealth and becoming the Commonwealth... [was] a brilliant way of moving out of empire" and said: "I would challenge all historians to tell me a better ending to any empire in history."
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are president and vice-president of the youth organisation the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, spoke to young people via video link from their new home in Los Angeles following their recent vocal campaign work in the Black Lives Matter movement.
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