Prince William hints that the royal family won’t stand for the Bahamas to become a republic

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Prince William hinted that the British Royal Family would support the Bahamas’ decisions about their future during the third stop of a Caribbean tour marred by protests about Britain’s colonial past in the region.

“We proudly support and respect decisions about your future,” the Duke of Cambridge said Friday at an official reception in Nassau hosted by the island’s governor general. “Relationships evolve. Friendship lasts.”

Prince William, second in line to the throne, is on a week-long tour of the Commonwealth of Nations with his wife Kate Middleton to celebrate the platinum anniversary of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

Protesters have called the royal family’s Caribbean trip the “colonial tour,” with protesters demanding that the royal family apologize for its role in the slave trade, which saw millions of African slaves shipped to the region to work in inhumane conditions.

Prince William is on a Caribbean tour.
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In Jamaica, protesters outside the British High Commission in Kingston on Tuesday demanded that the British monarchy pay reparations for its role in the slave trade, according to reports.

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness told Prince William his country was “moving forward” with comments suggesting the country would go the way of Barbados, which became a republic last year and ousted the Queen as head of state.

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