Kate Middleton and Prince William Face Protests As They Arrive In Jamaica For Royal Tour
Protesters were waiting for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s arrival. According to CNN, protestors held signs that read things like “Apologise” and “Let’s get current. Let’s get rid of the rule of the Queen.” They also chanted, “Apology now, reparations now.”
What do they want the royals to apologize for? Slavery. Many of the people who live in Jamaica are descendants of African slaves that were brought there by European colonists.
Jamaica was seized by Britain back in 1655 and didn’t gain independence until 1962. Still, to this day, Jamaica remains part of the Commonwealth. That means the Queen remains head of state.
While Jamaica is about to celebrate 60 years of freedom from British rule, Kate and William are there to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Awkward. Many Jamaicans wish to be completely free and no longer part of the Commonwealth.
William spoke at a dinner hosted by Jamaica’s Governor General. He touched on the topic of slavery but fell short of apologizing for the British royal family’s historic involvement in the slave trade. 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.” He added, “I want to express my profound sorrow. Slavery was abhorrent, and it should never have happened.”
William and Kate met with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness. During the meeting, Holness told the couple, “Jamaica is as you would 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 and fulfil our true ambition as an independent, developed, prosperous country.” Holness added, “There are issues here which are, as you would know, unresolved. But your presence gives an opportunity for those issues to be placed in context, put front and center, and to be addressed as best as we can.”
Do you think Jamaica will achieve it’s goal of becoming completely free of the British rule?