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

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent the past week traveling through three Commonwealth realms – Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas – on a trip to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne.

His unprecedented remarks came at the end of a tour that has been plagued with negative headlines and raised questions about the monarchy’s continued role in the region.

Last November, Barbados severed its last colonial ties with London, returning the Queen as head of state and inaugurating its first president, Sandra Mason.

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

“You learn so much. What’s on the minds of prime ministers. The hopes and ambitions of schoolchildren. The daily challenges facing families and communities,” he explained.

However, in a candid admission, William continued, “I know this tour has brought to light even more specific questions about the past and the future. In Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, it’s up to the people to decide. of that future. But we have really enjoyed spending time with communities in all three countries, gaining a better understanding of the issues that matter most to them.”

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

William and Kate during a visit to Trench Town, the birthplace of reggae music, on day four of their tour.
The second in line to the British throne said the royal tours reaffirmed their desire “to serve the people of the Commonwealth and listen to communities around the world”. He then signaled that he would not mind if, in the future, someone outside the royal family took over the leadership of the Commonwealth, the 54-member group made up mainly of former British territories.

“Who the Commonwealth chooses to lead their family in the future is not what I think. What matters to us is the potential of the Commonwealth family to create a better future for the people who make it up, 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 area was plagued with problems. The couple were told by Jamaica’s Prime Minister on Wednesday that the country was “moving on” and achieving its “true ambition” to be “independent”.

The day before, a group of anti-monarchy protesters had gathered outside 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 canceled due to reported opposition from local residents.

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