The Duchess of Cambridge received a formal reception yesterday and appeared to be shunned by Lisa Hanna, a former Miss World turned People’s National Party politician
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Royal fans have claimed that shortly after landing and amid protests and impassioned calls to apologize for the monarchy’s role in slavery, Kate Middleton was given the cold shoulder by a Jamaican politician.
The Duchess of Cambridge received a ceremonial welcome at Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport yesterday, and eagle-eyed royal fans say they saw Kate being shunned by Lisa Hanna, a former Miss World turned People’s National Party politician.
Mrs Hanna’s party, led by Mark Golding, supports removing the Queen as head of state and is campaigning for reparations in Britain.
The Duchess, 40, and wife Hanna chatted during the ceremony but fans online say they saw what appeared to be a chilly moment as the Queen looked like she was trying to speak to the politician just for her turned away.
Ms Hanna wasn’t smiling as Kate quickly dropped her smile and looked ahead, they said, as a video of the alleged encounter went viral.
The clip of that moment was widely shared on Twitter as many said they had “second hand embarrassment”.
Another tweeted: “Yikes!!! The embarrassment!
A third added: “Oh damn I just felt really embarrassed second hand.”
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During other parts of the ceremony, the two were seen chatting and smiling to one another. Ms Hanna Kate may not have spoken to her at that moment.
Ms Hanna, who met Prince Harry during his visit to Jamaica in 2012, shared on Instagram that they had a “pleasant” chat.
She wrote: “Today I welcomed Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate to Jamaica on behalf of the leader of the opposition for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
“We had a very interactive and enjoyable conversation throughout the process as we spoke about family, our cultures and our people.
“At this point in time there is no doubt that we all strive for our true independence and to develop systems and strategies that will free us from the monarchy. But until then we will always remain a polite and respectful country.
“I am a strong believer in reparations and as such, as Secretary of State for Youth and Culture, I chaired the Reparations Committee which made progress in developing bills to Britain examining the economic costs of slavery to our country.
“I wholeheartedly welcome them with our warm hospitality and look forward to productive conversations about our future.”
Prince William and Kate arrived in Jamaica last night as activists and leaders on the Caribbean island said their visit was “untimely and ill-conceived”.
The island nation is likely to be the next British empire to oust the Queen as head of state after Barbados officially became a republic last year.
Prince Charles officially recognized “the appalling atrocity of slavery” in the Caribbean and said at the ceremony in Barbados to mark the country’s new beginning “it stains our history forever”.
Around 60 protesters gathered outside the British High Commission in Jamaica yesterday, demanding reparations for slavery.
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