Prince William allegedly wanted to be heard. The Duke of Cambridge is ready to break the royal's "never complain" policy after his and his wife Kate Middleton's Caribbean tour faced backlash.
Prince William Is Keen To Be Heard After Caribbean Tour Didn't Go As Expected
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embarked on their eight-day royal tour to the Caribbean last week where they visited Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas. While Prince William and Kate Middleton managed to pull it through, it wasn't smooth sailing as it was hit by numerous PR gaffes and protests.
Prince William ditched the "never complain" policy and told the advisors that he had to step up and address the issues of slavery reparations and anti-monarchist sentiment.
Before boarding the flight to wrap up the Caribbean tour, Prince William released an unprecedented end-of-tour statement addressing the republican sentiments from the three Caribbean countries and he acknowledged that it had "brought into even sharper focus questions about the past and the future."
"The prince believes that for him, the days of 'never complain' are over," an unnamed source told Daily Mail. "He definitely won’t be speaking out regularly but believes if the monarchy has something to say, then it should say it."
Another anonymous source shared the same opinion about the second in line to the throne.
"He was keen to be heard and certainly thought there was a need to get ahead of the raft of negative headlines," the insider told Mirror. "He said he needed to make it clear that any of the Caribbean nations he had visited were totally free and completely supported in any decision they may make in the future to choose their own destiny."
Prince William allegedly wanted to go further and that was why he mentioned the Commonwealth in his speech because he had been thinking about the issues for a long time and realized that it is very important for his role to adapt in the ever-changing world. While he respects his father Prince Charles and grandmother Queen Elizabeth II's approach, he also believes that it is important for the royals to be "agile" to survive and thrive.
Prince William And Kate Middleton's Caribbean Tour A Disaster?
Several netizens felt that Prince William and Kate Middleton's Caribbean tour was a disaster. The countries they visited, especially Jamaica, have dropped hints that they wanted to be independent of the monarchy.
Some also called the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's royal tour tone deaf. Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, author of This Is Why I Resist, was among those who criticized the Cambridge's Caribbean tour.
"Jamaica Govt will commence the removal of the Queen as Head of State once the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave," she tweeted. "#RoyalTourCaribbean is an utter failure. Times have changed and the tide has turned. This #PlatinumJubilee tour is tone deaf. British Monarchy faces a reckoning."
However, not everyone shares the same opinion. For CNN's royal commentator Victoria Arbiter, the tour was not a disaster at all. Instead, it paved the way to open the things that need to be discussed.
"This tour hasn't been a 'disaster' much as some would like it to be the case. Rather it's brought important, necessary conversations to the forefront & provided an opportunity for the Royals to extend a hand of friendship as 3 independent countries seek to define their future," Arbiter wrote on Twitter.
Was Prince William and Kate Middleton's Caribbean tour a disaster? What do you think?