Prince William ended his tour of the Caribbean with the suggestion that he doesn’t mind if the Commonwealth isn’t headed in the future, and that he believes it might be led one day by someone other than a member the Royal Family.
He stated that the Duke and Duchess were ending their first formal visit to the region.
“What is important to us? The potential of the Commonwealth family to create a better tomorrow for its members, and our commitment and support to do everything we can to help them.”
These comments are remarkable when you consider how important the Commonwealth was to the Queen during her reign as head.
She stated in 2018 that her desire was for the Prince of Wales to assume the role after her death. This wish was supported by the Commonwealth.
William made his final remarks at the end of his week-long trip to Belize, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. He acknowledged the controversies surrounding the calls for him to apologize for the Royal Family’s role in slavery , and growing demands in Jamaica to cut ties with the institution.
Some of the photo opportunities were perceived as outdated or colonial.
William stated: “I know that the tour has brought into sharper focus questions regarding the past and future.
“In Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, the future is up to the people. We have enjoyed our time in each country, learning more about their issues and enjoying the interaction with them.
The prince may have altered speeches during the tour, changing the tone of some speeches at short notice after conversations with the prime ministers of each country.
He said that foreign tours were an opportunity to reflect. “You learn so many, (including, for instance, what prime ministers think).
William used the statement to reiterate the couple’s commitment in continuing their important overseas diplomatic work.
He said, “Catherine is committed to service,”
“That’s not about telling people what they should do. It’s about supporting and serving them in the best way possible, using the platform that we have. This is why we continue to be committed to serving the Commonwealth and listening to the needs of communities all around the globe through tours like this.
William and Kate visited Abaco and Grand Bahama on the last day of their tour to highlight the ongoing work to rebuild island communities after Hurricane Dorian in.
The islands were hit with wind gusts up to 230 mph, making it the most severe hurricane the Bahamas have ever experienced.