The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met mixed reactions at the start of their “charm offensive” in the Caribbean.
The royal couple were greeted by a Belize Defense Force honor guard as they landed at Belize City Airport. Prime Minister Johnny Briceño told the couple: “We are so happy you are here.”
But, Sky news reported, William and Kate canceled a visit to a cocoa farm in the village of Indian Creek on Sunday morning after villagers protested plans to land the couple’s helicopter on their soccer field. The village is also involved in an ancestral land dispute with Fauna & Flora International, a conservation organization of which Prince William is a patron.
On the second day, the royals danced with locals and tasted chocolate at another cocoa farm. “They shook their hips like nobody else,” said Laura Cacho, a local festival organizer who danced with William BBC.
There is more controversy on the horizon, he said The Independent. A protest is scheduled to take place tomorrow morning near the British High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica, demanding reparations for slavery.
The tour of Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas marks the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and is the couple’s first major foreign tour in more than two years due to the pandemic.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/society/956158/kate-middleton-and-prince-williams-caribbean-royal-tour-in-pictures Kate Middleton and Prince William on their royal trip through the Caribbean – in pictures