The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Kingston, Jamaican on Tuesday 22 March as part of the Caribbean tour in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Prior to their visit, Dancehall legend, Beenie Man shed light on his people’s opinion of Prince William, Kate and Great Britain.
Speaking to a British Television programme, Good Morning Britain (GMB), Beenie man said; “why will you be head of state and we still have to pay for a visa to go to England. We supposed to take our Jamaican passport and fly out to England anytime. That’s how it should go.”
When the GMB presenter asked him; “why do you think Prince William is so unpopular in Jamaica?”.
His responded; “if Harry was there, people would have reacted different, people would have gone to meet Harry, but William, nobody want to see that. This is Jamaica, we have to look out for ourselves because nobody is looking out for us”.
“We are just here controlled by the British, ruled by the British…its all about the Queen, and the Queen ceremony, the Queen this and the Queen that, but what are they doing for Jamaica? They are not doing anything for us”.
“Jamaicans don’t want the Queen… If Harry [was coming], people would react different. People would go and meet Harry. But William, nobody wants to see that” – Beenie Man on Prince William and Kate’s Farewell Tour of Jamaica.— Ian 🌍 (@isexton) March 22, 2022
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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is a year long celebration to mark 70 years of service to the UK, commonwealth and all around the world. The 95 year old Queen is the only Monarch to have ever served this long.
To commemorate the celebration, the Duke 39, and Kate, 40 on behalf of her Majesty, visited various Caribbean countries as a part of a week long tour including Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas.
Beenie Man also said many Jamaicans’ frustration is Britain’s role in slave trade. He did not believe Prince William, unlike the Queen, can keep Jamaica from becoming a republic.