Jamaicans are questioning the purpose of the recent visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate, to the island, arguing that it was not beneficial to the country in any way.
In a vox pop that was conducted on Constant Spring Road in near Half-Way Tree, and in New Kingston, both in St Andrew, concerns were expressed about what was done during the three-day visit by William and Kate between Tuesday and Thursday of last week.
William, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, is second in line to the British throne after his father, Prince Charles. William’s official visit was to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, celebrating 70 years on the throne.
The visit, however, coincided with Jamaica’s 60th anniversary since gaining independence from Britain, which spearheaded the slave trade to the island centuries ago after the island was captured from the Spanish in 1655, with the inhumane act being continued until 1834, when slavery was abolished.
Several protests took place locally during the three-day royal visit, as some Jamaicans used the opportunity to call on the royal family to apologise for slavery, and also agree to pay reparations for the atrocities that were committed against their ancestors during the period.
In Loop News’ vox pop, which was done by photographer Marlon Reid and reporter Job Nelson, the belief was expressed that William and Kate should have done something of greater significance during their visit to the island, as persons opined that the places that the couple went to were seemingly mainly for photo opportunities.