Prince William sends clear message in speech after backlash over Caribbean tour

The Duke of Cambridge openly spoke to the people of the Caribbean that the Royal Family “respects your decisions about your future” which could see the end of the Queen’s reign as head of state.

Prince William, 39, was speaking at the Governor General’s Reception at the Baha Mar Resort in The Bahamas on the penultimate day of his tour of the Caribbean with his wife Kate Middleton, 40.

He said: “Next year, I know you are all looking forward to celebrating 50 years of independence – your Golden Anniversary.

“And with Jamaica celebrating 60 years of independence this year, and Belize celebrating 40 years of independence last year, I want to say this: We support with pride and respect your decisions about your future.

“Relationships evolve. Friendship endures."

The clear message from the second-in-line to the British throne, follows the backlash the royal couple have received on their Caribbean tour.

William and Kate were forced to scrap their first stop to Belize tour following protests.

They had planned to visit a cocoa farm after landing in Belize. But, the plans were soon scrapped following protests over indigenous rights.

Protestors are reported to have described the visit from the royals as "colonialism" and a "slap in the face".

Meanwhile, a number of issues had been reported by local Belize media outlet Channel 7, including claims of a dispute between residents of Indian Creek village in Belize’s Toledo District and Flora and Fauna International, the conservation charity William supports as patron.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge faced further backlash as a protest was scheduled to take place in Jamaica in rejection of their visit.

The protest had been arranged by human rights coalition the Advocates Network, which also penned an open letter to Kate and William listing 60 reasons for an apology and compensation from the Firm in parallel with Jamaica's upcoming 60th anniversary of independence.

In the letter, it was stated: "We also note that your visit is part of the celebrations to mark the 70th Anniversary (Platinum Jubilee) of the Coronation of your grandmother and the 60th Anniversary of Jamaica's Independence.

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"We see no reason to celebrate 70 years of the ascension of your grandmother to the British throne because her leadership, and that of her predecessors, have perpetuated the greatest human rights tragedy in the history of humankind."

"We will not participate in your Platinum Jubilee celebration!”

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