Kate Middleton and Prince William arrive in Jamaica for royal tour amid protests and backlash – LIVE UPDATES

William and Kate were then taken to an official meeting with Sir Patrick Linton Allen, Governor-General, at King’s House.

Prior to their arrival, up to 100 protesters had gathered at the residence following an open letter to the royal couple signed by a coalition of Jamaican politicians, business leaders, doctors and musicians.

They wrote: “We note with great concern your visit to our country, Jamaica, at a time when we are still in the throes of a global pandemic and we are preparing to bear the full impact of another global crisis associated with the Russian-Ukrainian war.

“We see no reason to celebrate 70 years since your grandmother’s ascension to the British throne because her leadership, and that of her predecessors, perpetuated the greatest human rights tragedy in British history. humanity.”

The view was backed by Opposition Leader Mark Golding, who said he intended to raise the issue of a public apology with the royal couple when they meet.

Previously it was reported by The Independent that Jamaica has already begun the process of removing the Queen as head of state with the appointment of a senior government official to support the nation in its transition to a republic.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness pledged to make Jamaica a republic during his election campaign, but a referendum is needed to effect change. But there remains some opposition to the move by some to the Caribbean nation, which the Queen has visited six times during her 70-year reign.

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