On Wednesday, Jamaica’s Prime minister, Andrew Holness, and his wife Juliet welcomed Prince William and Kate at his office in Kingston amid the couple’s Caribbean tour. As he welcomed the couple before sitting down for talks, Mr Holness addressed his country’s intention to break away from the British monarchy. He said: “We’re very, very happy to have you and we hope you’ve received a warm welcome from the people,” he said.
For the meeting, Duchess Kate looked incredible once again in a white suit by Alexander McQueen combined with Ridley London orange blouse and orange vintage clutch from Willow Hilson Vintage.
“Jamaica is a very free and liberal country and the people are very expressive —and I’m certain that you would have seen the spectrum of expressions yesterday,” he said, referencing the couple’s warm welcome in Trench Town, which followed a protest calling for slave reparations from the British monarchy in the country’s capital.
“There are issues here, which as you know, are unresolved, but your presence gives us an opportunity for those issues to be placed in context, to be out front and center and to be addressed as best we can.
“But Jamaica is, as you would see, is a country that is proud of its history and very proud of what we have achieved. And we’re moving on and we intend to… fulfill our true ambitions and destiny to become an independent, developed and prosperous country.”
Prince William and Kate’s Caribbean tour is not exactly turning out the way they hoped it would. They arrived in Jamaica on Tuesday to a much-publicized demonstration urging the monarchy to pay reparations for slavery. Ahead of their arrival, a group of 100 prominent Jamaicans signed a letter seeking reparations from the British crown for “crimes against humanity.”
“We see no reason to celebrate 70 years of the ascension of your grandmother to the British throne because her leadership, and that of her predecessors, have perpetuated the greatest human rights tragedy in the history of humankind,” the Advocates Network group wrote in their letter, published online Sunday.
“We encourage you to act accordingly and just ‘sey yuh sorry!'” the letter declared, referring to their online #SeyYuhSorry campaign.