Prince William Friday said the British royal family would support Bahama’s decisions about his future, on the third stop of a Caribbean tour that has faced opposition in an increasingly relationship-heavy region. future with the monarchy of Great Britain.
Speaking at a reception hosted by the Governor-General of the Bahamas in Nassau, William – whose official title is the Duke of Cambridge – noted the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the former colony’s independence from Britain.
“And with Jamaica celebrating 60 years of independence this year and Belize celebrating 40 years of independence last year, I want to say this: we support with pride and respect your decision about the future of our country. you,” said William.
“Relationships evolve. Friendships last.”
Prince William and Kate’s visit is to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.
But instead, it was met with protests and accusations of being a “colonial tour”.
In Jamaica on Tuesday, protesters carried signs outside the British High Commission ahead of a royal appearance demanding reparation from the monarchy and an apology for their role in the slave trade that has brought Hundreds of thousands of Africans come to this island to work in inhumane conditions.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness then told William directly on television that the country was “moving forward” as an independent nation.
The visit comes after growing calls for Jamaica to follow in Barbados’ footsteps and become a republic by stepping down as queen queen as head of state.
William on that trip expressed his “deep sadness” about the history of slavery, calling the practice “disgusting”.
“That should never have happened,” he said.
But so far, there has been no official apology from the British royal family.
The visit comes as Britain increasingly confronts its colonial past, in particular with memorials to historical figures with ties to the slave trade.
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