An official trip… and a controversy. For the past few days, Prince William and Kate Middleton have been in the Caribbean for their first trip abroad since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. In Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, the Cambridges must fulfill a mission under high tension: that of convincing their countries not to leave the Commonwealth, as Barbados did last November. And while the start of their trip went almost without a hitch, Kate Middleton and Prince William caused a huge uproar with one of their visits. On March 22, the couple went to the Trenchtown district of Kingston, the capital of Jamaica. And on the spot, a controversial photo was taken. We see the Cambridges on one side, greeting and shaking hands with the inhabitants, stuck behind a fence. That day, Kate Middleton and Prince William met footballer Raheem Sterling, photographed a few minutes earlier in the same situation as them.
But as tensions over Britain’s colonial heritage make headlines for the Cambridges’ visit, the snap has caused a huge stir. “Recalling that Raheem Sterling was on the same side as Kate and William, we miss the point. He was on both sides of this fence, and it was his talent and his work that allowed him to be where he is. it is today, commented author Sharmaine Lovegrove on her Twitter account. Kate, she was born in comfort and then married the most privileged person in the country. They are the same photos, but not the same story.” Since the beginning of their arrival in the Caribbean, Kate Middleton and Prince William have found themselves at the heart of controversy. In Jamaica, demonstrations have notably taken place for the British monarchy to apologize for its role in the slave trade. Besides, Prince William made an expected speech.
Prince William: ‘Slavery was odious’
“I wholeheartedly agree with my father, the Prince of Wales, who said in Barbados last year that the appalling atrocity of slavery forever taints our history,” Prince William said. want to express my deep sadness. Slavery was heinous. And it should never have happened.” Kate Middleton’s husband spoke of “deep pain” by paying tribute to “the strength and sense of sharing of the Jamaican people”. Prince William then thanked the ‘Windrush’ generation for the name of an ocean liner which left Jamaica after World War II to take servicemen to the UK. “We are eternally grateful for the immense contribution this generation and their descendants have made to British life, which continues to enrich and improve our society,” concluded the future King of England. A speech hailed by the Jamaican president, who wants his country to become a Republic.
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