Prince William Addresses The End Of The Messy Royal Caribbean Tour
Well, the Royal Tour (a.k.a. Prince William and Kate Middleton Get Run Out Of The Caribbean Tour) is finally over! Prince William and Kate have been visiting various countries associated with the British Commonwealth over the last few weeks, including Belize, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. The royal couple expected to be greeted by happy local citizens but instead were met with people who aren’t going to take it anymore! Waves of protests and calls for reparations marred their tour. Just a normal day for the modern-day royal family!
First, the royal couple had to rearrange a visit to a cocoa farm in Belize after a dust-up with protestors. Next, in Jamaica, they went to a “deeply embarrassing” meeting with Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who very clearly expressed the country’s desire to leave the Commonwealth. Prince William tried to patch things up by making a speech that called slavery “abhorrent” but not apologizing for, ya know, Great Britain’s role in the slave trade! Finally, they were met with even more protests in the Bahamas. A leisure cruise this was not.
Now that Will and Kate are back in the loving embrace of their family (not including Prince Andrew because nobody wants that!), they’ve had time to reflect and released a statement regarding the future of the Commonwealth. via People:
As Prince William and Kate Middleton’s tour of the Caribbean comes to an end on Saturday, the Duke of Cambridge has released a landmark statement, reflecting on the future governance of the Caribbean nations.
“I know that this tour has brought into even sharper focus questions about the past and the future. In Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas, that future is for the people to decide upon,” William says.
And, whatever the future holds for the countries William and Kate visited this week, the Duke of Cambridge reiterates his hope that the 54-nation Commonwealth — the voluntary body of mostly-former colonies loosely linked to Britain — will continue to “create a better future” for its people.
“Foreign tours are an opportunity to reflect. You learn so much. What is on the minds of Prime Ministers. The hopes and ambitions of school children. The day-to-day challenges faced by families and communities,” William began his statement.
“I know that this tour has brought into even sharper focus questions about the past and the future. In Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas, that future is for the people to decide upon. But we have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with communities in all three countries, understanding more about the issues that matter most to them.
“Catherine and I are committed to service. For us that’s not telling people what to do. It is about serving and supporting them in whatever way they think best, by using the platform we are lucky to have.
“It is why tours such as this reaffirm our desire to serve the people of the Commonwealth and to listen to communities around the world. Who the Commonwealth chooses to lead its family in the future isn’t what is on my mind. What matters to us is the potential the Commonwealth family has to create a better future for the people who form it, and our commitment to serve and support as best we can,” he concluded.
Foreign tours are an opportunity to reflect. You learn so much. What is on the minds of Prime Ministers. The hopes and ambitions of school children. The day-to-day challenges faced by families and communities. (1/5) pic.twitter.com/HbTCc1IWQs
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) March 27, 2022
That’s a long-winded way of saying, “Please, don’t go! We promise to be super nice in the future!” Who knew an 8-day tour of countries your family once subjugated could change so much! What’s actually been brought into sharper focus is the value of the British royal family and their lingering power. Supposedly, everyone loves Kate and Will, so if THEY can’t even make it through an official event without getting hate, what’s the family to do? It might be time to trot out the QUEEN and her corgis to do some damage control. Either that or the QUEEN better start pumping out more ketchup to keep their name out there!