Prince William says he learned a lot on controversial Caribbean royal tour

Prince William addressed him and Kate Middleton about the controversial Caribbean tour in a speech on Wednesday, calling the trip “an opportunity to reflect.”

He spoke at the unveiling of a statue to commemorate Windrush Day, which honors Afro-Caribbean immigrants who came to England after World War II. Compliance Day recognizes immigrants who faced – and continue to face – insurmountable difficulties and racist, discriminatory practices in the United Kingdom.

The Duke spoke of members of the Windrush generation who were “offended” by the way they were treated and “fell victims of racism when they arrived here.”

The Duke of Cambridge speaks during the unveiling of the Windrush National Monument at London Waterloo Station on June 22.

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Discrimination “remains an all too familiar experience for black men and women in the UK in 2022,” he said. Independent.

The Duke of Cambridge said his family “celebrates the occasion with pride.” [day] for decades” as “people from all communities and walks of life have come together to acknowledge all that has changed in the last seventy years and look to the future.”

He said it “resonated with Catherine and me after our visit to the Caribbean earlier this year,” referring to the trip he and his wife made in March to Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Throughout the journey, they met resistance to their visit.

“Our trip was an opportunity to reflect and we learned so much,” he added. “Not only about the various issues that are most important to the people of the region, but also about how the past strongly influences the present.”

During the couple’s tour of the Commonwealth realms, where Queen Elizabeth remains head of state, members of the royal family faced protests, continued talk of republicanism and demands to solve the problem of slavery, reparations and colonialism.

At a meeting in Jamaica, Prime Minister Andrew Holness told William that the country intended to follow in the footsteps of Barbados and become a republic, which would mean a change of queen as head of state. The politician in Belize also touched on the fact that Belize is moving towards “countrywide consultations on the ongoing process of decolonization.”

William Visits Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness At His Office March 23 In Kingston, Jamaica.
William visits Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness at his office March 23 in Kingston, Jamaica.

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William addressed the backlash the Cambridges faced on the trip in a message posted on the way home.

“I know this tour has raised even sharper questions about the past and the future. In Belize, in Jamaica and in the Bahamas, this future should be decided by the people, ”the Duke said then.

“Katherine and I are committed to service,” he continued. “For us, it doesn’t tell people what to do. It’s about serving and supporting them in the way they see fit, using the platform that we’ve been fortunate to have.”

While the Duke of Cambridge spoke about racism in his Windrush Day speech and previously spoke out again about racism in football, he also had to respond to accusations of racism leveled against the royal family during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s high-profile interviews with Oprah in the past. year. .

At the time, the Duke of Cambridge only had a brief response to reporters, telling the press that the royals were “not a racist family at all.”

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