Jamaica's Prime Minister Tells Prince William And Kate They Want To Ditch The British Monarchy
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness had a very clear message for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: you will never rule over this country.
Prince William and Kate met with the Prime Minister in an official meeting at Jamaica House as part of the Royal couple's tour of the Caribbean.
During this little chit-chat, Holness made it clear to them that his country intends to break away from the British monarchy.
"Jamaica is a very free and liberal country and the people are very expressive and I'm certain that you will have seen the spectrum of expression yesterday," he said.
We've arrived in Jamaica :flag_jm: pic.twitter.com/aMiNV8hY7B
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2022
"There are issues here which are, as you would know, unresolved, but your presence gives an opportunity for these issues to be placed in context, put front and centre and to be addressed as best we can.
"But Jamaica is, as you can see, a country that is very proud of its history, very proud of what we have achieved and we are moving on and we intend to attain, in short order, our developing goals and to fulfil our true ambitions... as an independent, developed, prosperous country."
Kate and William are currently on am eight day royal tour to mark the Queen's platinum jubilee, which has been shadowed by controversy as politicians push for a 2022 independence vote and slave trade reparations.
The royal pair received an official welcome by Mr Holness and his wife Juliet before being whisked off to a private meeting with the Prime Minister.
This is where prime minister Andrew Holness divulged to the pair that Jamaica will be 'moving on' from British rule, meaning they will never preside over the Caribbean nation when William eventually takes the crown. Talk about awkward.
Already in our short time here in Jamaica, Catherine and I are delighted to have felt what Bob Marley described so many years ago - the spirit of 'One love' that Jamaica has given to the world and which makes this country so special.
As we heard for ourselves...(1/4) pic.twitter.com/CkhqbewAbX
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) March 24, 2022
Kate and Wills then put on their glad rags to attend a dinner hosted by the Prime Minister that evening, where William spoke of his 'profound sorrow' for the UK's history of slavery.
"Slavery was abhorrent. And it should never have happened," William said.
"I strongly agree with my father, the Prince of Wales, who said in Barbados last year that the appalling atrocity of slavery forever stains our history."
Prince William's comments come after the royal couple were met with protesters at Kingston airport who were calling for an apology from the royals over the slave trade in the Caribbean nation, ABC News reported.
Additionally, a letter signed by 100 Jamaican leaders stuck the middle finger right up at Kate, Wills, and the British monarchy.
Some photos of the protest taking place in Kingston, Jamaica, now ahead of Prince William & Kate's arrival today. The event's been organised by @Advocatesnetja, along with an open letter, calling for apologies & reparations for slavery from the royal family. #RoyalTourCaribbean pic.twitter.com/UQiQiTy9sN
- Nadine White (@Nadine_Writes) March 22, 2022
"We see no reason to celebrate 70 years of the ascension of your grandmother to the British throne because her leadership, and that of her predecessors, have perpetuated the greatest human rights tragedy in the history of humankind," it read.
"You, who may one day lead the British Monarchy, are direct beneficiaries of the wealth accumulated by the Royal family over centuries, including that stemming from the trafficking and enslavement of Africans."
So far it has been a mildly frosty reception for the royal couple during their Jamaican visit, likely only made worse by the Prime Minister's admission that the nation is gunning to become a republic