Prince William and Duchess Kate are currently on a royal tour of the Caribbean, in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, and as seen above, they recently paid a visit to Jamaica yesterday. The reception was mixed, to say the least. The Jamaican citizens in the picture above seem to be enjoying whatever boring story Willy is telling them. But not everyone was so thrilled at their arrival. Dozens of Jamaican leaders have decided to protest the visit, just like what happened when Will and Kate hit up Belize, due to the Royal Family’s colonial past. William and Kate better enjoy all those happy smiles they’re seeing on this visit because it might be their last time being greeted with anything besides a cold shoulder and directions to the nearest Howard Johnson. Jamaica is currently making plans to do what they need to do to evict William’s granny out of her seat as Jamaica’s head of state.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have so been the only royal-adjacent types who have commented on the fact that the Royal Family might want to one day acknowledge how some of those 54 countries became a part of the Commonwealth of Nations back in the day. Namely, a number of Caribbean nations were colonized by Britain (although it’s not just the Caribbean, as pretty much every Commonwealth Nation is the result of British colonization). Barbados has cut ties with The Queen, Belize made it known they didn’t want any of Will and Kate’s smile-and-wave nonsense, and now Jamaica is making it pretty clear they don’t want Liz on their money anymore. via People magazine:
According to The Independent, “a coalition of Jamaican politicians, business leaders, doctors and musicians” are pressing for the country to formally sever ties with the monarchy and change the country’s status from a constitutional monarchy to a republic. The coalition has also sent an open letter to Prince William and Kate Middleton, who landed in Jamaica Tuesday afternoon.
Ahead of the island nation’s 60th year of independence from Great Britain on Aug. 6, campaigners are intent on “removing the shackles of [Jamaica’s] colonial past,” according to the report, with many in the country demanding both financial reparations and a formal apology from the monarchy.
Jamaica’s cultural minister has recently asked the government’s advisory board that deals with reparations to bust their asses to get some kind of example of justice on the table, like formal apologies and actual real reparations for Jamaican citizens. The choice to split from the Commonwealth has been met with both plenty of support, and some resistance (for example, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness was appointed as a sovereign advisor in the Queen’s Privy Council).
As for who could replace The Queen as head of state, well – it’s pretty obvious. A head of state should be experienced, iconic, worldly, charismatic, of the place they’re representing, and able to charm anyone at a state dinner. Grace Jones, I know this gig is a bit below the level of glitz and glamour you’re used to, but call your agent anyway! And if Grace passes, then there’s always the Jamaican bobsled team.
Will and Kate are set to fly out of Jamaica tomorrow. And they’re essentially doing meet-and-greets in a country that has more than implied they’re not welcome, with the protests and some government leaders literally declaring their intention to kick The Queen out. It couldn’t be any more obvious. Well, okay, the only way it could be more obvious is if William visits a jerk spot and asks for coco bread stuffed with a spicy beef patty, and he’s given a stale slice of Wonder stuffed with a scoop of week-old hamburger.