Jamaica has had enough of British royalty and it’s shenanigans.
According to the Associated Press, residents of the Caribbean island are openly and outwardly rejecting the upcoming visit from Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton — aka The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70th year of coronation.
The monarch was hoping that her grandson’s visit to Jamaica would “strengthen British ties” with this and other Caribbean countries.
But Jamaicans are choosing, instead, to publicly lobby for slavery reparations and an apology from the once-mighty British empire.
“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,” reads a letter published on Sunday, which was signed by more than 100 leaders of Jamaica.
Mike Henry, a prominent lawmaker in the country, estimates that reparations will cost the empire approximately 7 billion GBP (approximately $9.3 billion USD).
Inspired by Barbados’s independence from Britain back in November 2021, some Jamaicans are campaigning to have Queen Elizabeth removed as the Head of State.
“The move by Barbados last November was widely seen as a success, and Jamaican opposition leader Mark Golding has been leading calls for the removal of the Queen as head of state,” reports Voice Magazine. “Experts predicted a ‘domino effect’ with Jamaica and six other Caribbean states all facing calls to go independent.”
Noel Phillips, who is a reporter for the British breakfast television show Good Morning Britain, confirmed to Voice Magazine that he’d received word from several officials that Jamaica would be seeking to remove Queen Elizabeth as the head of state.
'The Crown Colony of Jamaica'
Though Jamaica became independent from British rule in 1962, it has been a crown colony since 1866. (And until its independence in 1962, it was officially known as “The Crown Colony of Jamaica.”) Per the governmental Office of the Historian, colonial British Jamaica had established British soldiers at various outposts throughout the island to monitor American interests in the Caribbean. Though the British ultimately closed all those outposts by 1919, Jamaica continues to remain a part of the British Commonwealth. That, however, will change if the country is indeed successful in removing Queen Elizabeth as the head of state.