Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2022. 2:19 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: The Daily Telegraph (UK) reports that Their Royal Highnesses Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, have canceled the Grenada stop of their forthcoming Platinum Jubilee tour at the advice of its Government and Governor-General.
While no official explanation has been given and Buckingham Palace said the couple hopes to visit at a later date instead, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s difficult trip to Belize, Jamaica, and the Bahamas is fresh in royal minds, with an initial tour stop here canceled and Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness publicly declaring its intention to become a republic.
The Wessexes’ trip to the Caribbean was already set to be lower key, with few traveling media invited and details kept under wraps by the palace until the very last moment. They will now continue to visit Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda over a week-long trip. On Thursday, Dorbrene O’Marde, the chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda reparations support commission, said he will use the Antigua stage of the tour to present the Earl and Countess of Wessex with an open letter demanding compensation for slavery.
In an official announcement, Buckingham Palace states the Wessexes will meet communities, local entrepreneurs and craftspeople, and young people, “in celebration of the culture, future and vibrancy of the islands”. Prince Edward will meet athletes in training for the Commonwealth Games, while Sophie spends time with female leaders. They will both congratulate young people who have recently completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. In Antigua and Barbuda, they will meet some of the West Indies’ famous cricketers, and Antigua’s national rowing teams. In St Lucia, they will “explore the varied landscape” and attend a service to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign.
As well to the Cambridges’ three-country Caribbean tour, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will next month fly to Canada, and the Princess Royal has been to Australia and Papua New Guinea.
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