Prince William Says He 'Learnt So Much' From Controversial Caribbean Royal Tour

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Prince William addressed helium and Kate Middleton’s arguable circuit of the Caribbean successful a code connected Wednesday, calling the travel “an accidental to reflect.”

He spoke astatine the unveiling of a statue to people Windrush Day, which honors Afro-Caribbean immigrants who came to England successful the years aft World War II. The time of observance recognizes the immigrants who faced ― and proceed to look ― overwhelming hardships and racist, discriminatory practices successful the UK.

The duke spoke of those successful the Windrush procreation who were “wronged” by the mode they were treated and “were victims of racism erstwhile they arrived here.”

The Duke of Cambridge speaks during the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument astatine  London's Waterloo Station connected  June 22.
The Duke of Cambridge speaks during the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument astatine London's Waterloo Station connected June 22.

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Discrimination “remains an all-too-familiar acquisition for Black men and women successful Britain successful 2022,” helium said, according to The Independent.

The Duke of Cambridge said that his household “have been arrogant to observe this [day] for decades” arsenic “people from each communities and backgrounds came unneurotic to admit each that has changed implicit the past seventy years and look to the future.”

He said this “resonated with Catherine and maine aft our sojourn to the Caribbean earlier this year,” referring to a travel helium and his woman made successful March to Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas. They were met with absorption to their sojourn passim their travels.

“Our travel was an accidental to reflect, and we learnt truthful much,” helium added. “Not conscionable astir the antithetic issues that substance astir to the radical of the region, but besides however the past weighs heavy connected the present.”

During the couple’s circuit of the Commonwealth realms, wherever Queen Elizabeth remains caput of state, the royals faced protests, continued talk of republicanism, and demands to code slavery, reparations and colonialism.

At a gathering successful Jamaica, Prime Minister Andrew Holness told William that the state intends to travel successful Barbados’ footsteps and go a republic, which would mean replacing the queen arsenic caput of state. A person successful Belize besides broached the taxable of Belize moving toward conducting “consultations crossed the state connected the continuing decolonisation process.”

William visits the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, astatine  his bureau   connected  March 23 successful  Kingston, Jamaica.
William visits the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, astatine his bureau connected March 23 successful Kingston, Jamaica.

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William addressed the backlash that the Cambridges faced connected the travel successful a connection posted arsenic they made their mode home.

“I cognize that this circuit has brought into adjacent sharper absorption questions astir the past and the future. In Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas, that aboriginal is for the radical to determine upon,” the duke said astatine the time.

“Catherine and I are committed to service,” helium continued. “For us, that’s not telling radical what to do. It is astir serving and supporting them successful immoderate mode they deliberation best, by utilizing the level we are fortunate to have.”

While the Duke of Cambridge spoke astir racism successful his Windrush Day speech, and has antecedently spoken retired again racism successful soccer, helium has besides had to code allegations of racism levied against the royal household during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interrogation with Oprah past year.

The Duke of Cambridge lone had a abbreviated reply for reporters astatine the time, telling property that the royals were “very overmuch not a racist family.”

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