Prince William says he respects any country’s decision to become a republic

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent last week traveling across three realms of the Commonwealth of Nations – Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas – on a trip aimed at celebrating the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne.

His unprecedented statements came at the end of his tour that took place plagued by negative headlines And raised questions about the continued role of the monarchy in the region.

Last November, Barbados severed its last remaining colonial ties with London, ousted the Queen as head of state and installed its first female president, Sandra Mason.

In a statement issued by Kensington Palace on Saturday, the Duke said the overseas tours were an “opportunity for reflection”.

“You learn a lot. What is on the minds of prime ministers. The hopes and aspirations of school children. The daily challenges facing families and societies,” he explained.

However, in a frank admission, William continued, “I know this tour has brought a much sharper focus to questions about the past and the future. In Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, that future is up to people to decide on. But I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the communities in All three countries, and to understand more about the issues that matter most to them.”

William reiterated his commitment to serve, along with his wife Catherine, before adding: “For us, this is not telling people what to do. It’s about serving and supporting them in whatever way they think best, using the platform, we are fortunate to have.”

William and Kate during a visit to Trench Town, the birthplace of reggae, on the fourth day of their tour.
The second-in-line to the British throne said the royal tours had reaffirmed their desire to “serve the peoples of the Commonwealth and listen to communities around the world.” He then indicated that he wouldn’t mind if someone outside the future royal family took over the leadership UK ParliamentThe 54-member group is mostly from former British territory.

“Who the Commonwealth chooses to lead his family into the future is not what I have in mind. What matters to us is the ability that the Commonwealth family has in creating a better future for the people who make up it, and our commitment to serve and support as best we can.”

People demand reparations for slavery outside the entrance to the British High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday.

William and Kate’s first official visit to the region was fraught with problems. Jamaica’s prime minister told the couple on Wednesday that the country was “moving forward” and would achieve its “real ambition” to be “independent”.

One day ago, it was a group of Anti-property protesters They gathered before the British High Commission to demand an apology from the visiting royal family over Britain’s role in the transatlantic slave trade.

Earlier in the trip to Belize, a royal engagement was also called off amid opposition from locals.

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