May 24, 2022

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Prince William took a step back from the crown in the Commonwealth

Prince William took a step back from the crown in the Commonwealth

Prince William’s visit to the Caribbean opened the door to the future decline of the British monarchy in the Commonwealth, some of which were criticized for their colonial references.

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“I know this visit has brought more and more questions about the past and the future,” the 39-year-old prince, who is second on the throne, said in a statement Saturday evening. “Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas” are independent nations, but Queen Elizabeth II’s head of state declared, “It is up to the people to decide the future.”

During the visit, as part of the celebrations of the Queen’s 70 years of rule, the royal couple saw a resurgence of relations with slavery and a demand for pardon, while Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holmes considered his country becoming “inevitable” for Republican rule. , As Barbados did last November.

“We really enjoyed spending time with the people of these three countries and better understanding the issues that are most important to them,” Prince William continued at the end of the tour with his wife.

“Catherine and I are committed to serving. For us, it’s not about telling people what to do, but ‘serving and supporting them in a way that they think is best, using the platform we are blessed with’.

The prince also opened the door for a change in the direction of the Commonwealth provided by the Queen, who is very affiliated with this community of 54 countries that are part of the British colonial empire.

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“It does not matter to me who the Commonwealth chooses to lead their family in the future,” said Prince William.

Some pictures, such as the hands of these children crossing a fence in Jamaica to greet the couple, or a parade of Kate and Williams in military uniforms on a Land Rover, have been criticized for its colonial meaning.

The couple also had to cancel a visit to a village in Belize due to hostility from some residents.