The Prince of Wales reportedly had concerns that his son’s trip coincided with his own, but a source close to Prince William played down claims of any disagreement.
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Prince Charles has raised concerns about the timing of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s controversial trip to the Caribbean in March, according to a royal source.
The Prince of Wales is said to have been worried about the Cambridges’ high-profile tour clashing with his own trip to the Republic of Ireland with his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
A source close to Charles told the Daily Mail: “Ireland is one of the most important relationships so there was a bit of consternation at the time, to say the least. There’s usually no log conflict this way.”
According to the newspaper, the Cambridges’ trip secured the monarchy more media coverage than the Prince of Wales’ Irish tour – although a number of ill-judged photo opportunities and violent protests drew criticism from the press. regard to visiting the Caribbean.
But another source close to William insisted there was no problem between father and son.
They told the Mail: ‘The Prince of Wales always travels to Ireland at this time of year so there doesn’t seem to be a problem.’
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Jamaica was mired in controversy from the moment they landed on the island, amid protests and impassioned calls for them to apologize for the role of monarchy in slavery.
Activists and leading politicians on the Caribbean island have said Prince William and Kate’s visit was ‘untimely and ill-conceived’.
The island nation is likely to be the next British kingdom to depose the Queen as head of state, following Barbados which officially became a republic last year.
Prince Charles officially acknowledged the “appalling atrocity of slavery” in the Caribbean, saying it “stains our history forever” at the ceremony in Barbados to mark the country’s new beginning.
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However, protesters gathered outside the British High Commission in Jamaica demanding reparations for slavery.
Opal Adisa, a Jamaican human rights defender, demanded an apology from the Royal Family, saying: “Kate and William are beneficiaries, so they are, in fact, complicit because they are positioned to specifically benefit from our ancestors, and we’re not taking advantage of our ancestors.
“The luxury and the lifestyle that they had and continue to have, traveling all over the world for free and at no cost, is the result of my great, great grandmother and grandfather, their blood, their tears and their sweat.”