Prince William and Kate Middleton have been on a Caribbean tour visiting Belize, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. However, their stop in Jamaica hasn’t gone exactly as planned. Therefore, it was only a matter of time before the blame was placed on someone. Not many though suspected it would be put on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but that’s exactly what one royal commentator has done.
Protests erupted upon William and Kate’s visit to Jamaica
Jamaica was just one stop on William and Kate’s eight-day tour. A palace spokesperson told People that the island was one of the Caribbean countries “with which Her Majesty has had an extremely warm relationship following multiple visits throughout her reign. Those trips have helped to provide inspiration for many of the engagements that their Royal Highnesses will carry out during their tour.”
But the royal couple were met with protest as they arrived.
Maziki Thame, a senior lecturer at the University of the West Indies, explained that Jamaicans have been seeking reparations from the monarchy for decades. “This is not a new cause. The question is whether it will get any traction,” she said in an interview with CBS News before questioning whether the British “are ready to contend with their history.”
Commentator blames Meghan and Harry’s Oprah Interview for ‘derailing’ Will and Kate’s tour
So how in the world does any of this fall on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? Well, according to Daily Mail columnist and commentator Dan Wootton, it has to do with what the Sussexes’ alleged about the monarchy being a racist institution during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Express noted that Wooten opined that “casting doubt on its senior members is now providing a significant boost to the fast-moving republican cause in Jamaica at the worst possible moment. Republicans across the Commonwealth would try to use the claims to bring the queen’s reign to an end in the monarch’s twilight years.”
He added: “Meghan wasn’t pushed out of the royal family because of ethnicity and to even countenance such a fantasy is irresponsible.” He then slammed the Duchess of Sussex, Jamaica, and media members for “the damage she’s caused to the Commonwealth and shame on the propagandists in Jamaica and the media using her fantasies to advance their republican cause.”
Jamaica will begin the process of removing Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State
During the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit, the prime minister of the island, Andrew Holness, made it clear to the future king and his wife that Jamaica planned to pursue its goals as an independent country. The completion goal is set for Aug. 6, which is the date of the country’s 60th Independence Day.
Speaking at a dinner hosted by the Governor General, William addressed the U.K.’s role in slavery.
“While the pain runs deep, Jamaica continues to forge its future with determination, courage, and fortitude,” the prince said (per BBC). William went on to state that slavery was abhorrent, “should never have happened,” and “forever stains our history.”