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PM Briceno Says the Royals’ Visit Went Well

The Royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are in Jamaica for the second leg of their tour. Having only just departed Belize on Tuesday, Prime Minister gave a review of the visit and how he feels it went.

On Tuesday, William and Kate’s *RAF Voyager* plane touched down at Jamaica’s Norman Manley International Airport just as a four-hour rally, calling for the British monarchy to apologize for their history of colonialism and make slavery reparations—wound down in the capital city of Kingston. Just days before the Cambridges’ arrival in Jamaica, a coalition of 100 politicians, business leaders, academics, and doctors signed an open letter to the couple, urging them to apologize on behalf of the royal family for their role in the slave trade. Professor Rosalea Hamilton, the first to sign the letter, told Harper’s *BAZAAR* that she hopes the message will encourage the royal family to take accountability. The subject of the royal family’s links to the slave trade has seldom been addressed by the institution. It was the queen’s ancestor Elizabeth I who gave a ship to slave trade pioneer Sir John Hawkins in 1564, having allegedly been impressed with his previous capture of 300 Africans. And in 1660, King Charles II and several other royal family members founded a company called Royal Adventures into Africa, which transported more than 90,000 slaves from Africa to British-owned plantations in the United States and the Caribbean. During last November’s ceremony marking Barbados’s history transition to a republic, Prince Charles acknowledged the “appalling atrocity of slavery,” describing it as something “which forever stains our history.” He called that period of time the “darkest days of our past” and added that he hopes the “creation of [Barbados as a] republic offers a new beginning.” Though Kensington Palace has yet to comment on the protests that have followed the Cambridges’ Caribbean travels, *BAZAAR* understands that on Wednesday evening, Prince William plans to touch on the “atrocity” of slavery during a speech at a state dinner hosted by the Governor General of Jamaica, Patrick Allen. The duke won’t, however, go as far as to give the apology so many Jamaicans have been waiting to hear.