Prince William backs Caribbean nation’s republicanism

prince william backs caribbean nations republicanism
prince william backs caribbean nations republicanism

As Belize, the Bahamas, and Jamaica ponder severing ties with the British monarchy, Britain’s Prince William has stated that he supports and respects any decision the Caribbean nations make concerning their future.

William, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, admitted the connection between the three Caribbean governments and the Crown was changing at the end of a tour with his wife Kate that was marred by demonstrations against the British Empire’s heritage.

“I know you’re all looking forward to commemorating 50 years of freedom – your Golden Anniversary – next year,” he said in a speech in Nassau, Bahamas.

“And, in honor of Jamaica’s 60th anniversary of independence this year and Belize’s 40th anniversary last year, I’d like to say this: We proudly support and accept your decisions regarding your future. Relationships change throughout time. Friendship lasts a lifetime.”

His speech is the clearest indication that the royal family will support the three countries’ choice to remove the queen as their head of state, following Barbados’ decision last November.

Normally, Buckingham Palace says that such decisions should be made by local people and lawmakers.

During Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne – a milestone that the journey was intended to commemorate – former British colonies have severed relations, but she still reigns over 15 kingdoms, including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s journey, however, has brought attention to the dwindling support for the monarchy in the Caribbean. Throughout the trip, there have been protests and requests for Britain to pay reparations and apologize for slavery.

Meanwhile, at a meeting on Wednesday, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness informed William that his country desired to be “independent.”

The Daily Mirror tabloid called the royals’ public relations gaffes, which included shaking hands with Jamaican youngsters through wire fences and other appearances, “tone-deaf” blunders because they appeared to be a throwback to colonial days, “tone-deaf” blunders.

Following the scandal of a U.S. sex abuse lawsuit involving the queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, which was settled last month, and criticism of the institution from William’s younger brother, Prince Harry, the tour’s tribulations have reflected broader questions about the role and future of the royals in Britain.