Prince William and Kate Middleton’s controversial tour of Jamaica faced new criticism over photos of them greeting children through a hole in a wire fence.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited football players in Trench Town in the capital Kingston on March 22 and met with Jamaican-born Manchester City star Raheem Sterling.
Photos showed the royal couple shaking hands with children who watched William attend the match through a wire fence.
Some condemned the images on Twitter, while others defended William and Kate.
Al Murray, a high-profile UK comedian, Told his 430,500 followers: “Yeah that’s the best picture yeah let’s go with it.”
Sharmaine Lovegrove, publisher of Inclusive Dialogue Books, was among those who posted a picture on Twitter, saying: “Everything about this is wrong.”
Nadine White, Race Correspondent ET Independentalso posted a picture and wrote: “Kids waiting for the arrival of the royals in Trench Town, Kingston. I think this image is very fascinating. It captures the underlying themes of William and Kate’s tour so far “
Omid Scobie, co-author finding freedomBiography of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, said on Twitter that a more diverse team could help William and Kate avoid the unfortunate imagery.
He added: “I wonder what the organizers of Hell Castle were thinking with some of yesterday’s photo moments.
“The planning and cohesiveness is next level at every stage of these tasks, so how did one not think to avoid some of the imagery? That’s why diversity matters on a team.”
However, some defended William and Kate, pointing out that Sterling also met people gathered at the fence.
Russell Myers, Royal Editor of daily Mirrorwrote on Twitter: “Sidenote: to all the comments of the tightly cropped photos of William and Kate saying hello and shaking hands to people standing behind a metal fence that was actually on a football field after a game, Here’s Raheem Sterling, the same place was doing the same thing yesterday.”
The backlash comes after protests at the British High Commission in Kingston on Tuesday, where some 350 people gathered to apologize and demand compensation for slavery.
There appears to be an awkward moment between Kate and People’s National Party legislator Lisa Hannah.
Opposition spokesperson on foreign affairs turned away from the Duchess as Kate tried to smile at her, though other exchanges appeared more heated.
Hannah wrote on Twitter: “We had a very interactive and enjoyable conversation throughout the proceedings, talking about family, our cultures and our people.
“There is no doubt at this time that we all want our true independence and develop a system and strategy where we are free from monarchy. But until then we will always remain a humble and respectable country.
“I am a firm believer in reunification and thus when I was Minister of Youth and Culture I headed the reparations committee which made progress in developing legal subjugation to Britain that examined the economic cost of slavery in our country.”
William and Kate’s official Twitter account wrote: “Jamaica has made an extraordinary contribution to music and sport globally, which we saw on display today.”
Added to this: “Thanks Trench Town.”
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