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Kate and William squirm as Jamaica PM tells them plan to become republic 'We're moving on'


The pair met with Jamaican PM Andrew Holness at his office in Kingston on Wednesday during their royal tour of the Caribbean.

Footage showed the couple standing awkwardly either side of Mr Holness as he took a subtle swipe at the royal family’s relationship with Jamaica.

Mr Holness said: “There are issues here which as you know are unresolved but your presence gives us an opportunity for those issues to be placed in context, to be out front and centre and to be addressed as best we can.”

He went on: “But Jamaica is, as you would see, a country that is proud of its history and very proud of what we have achieved. And we’re moving on and we intend to…fulfil our true ambitions and destiny to become an independent and prosperous country.”

The pair were met with protests when they arrived in Jamaica on Tuesday.

Roughly 350 people joined a demonstration in the capital Kingston, with activists calling for reparations and a formal apology from the royal family for its colonial past and links to slavery.

Mr Holness appeared to reference the couple’s mixed reception in his speech.

He said: “Jamaica is very free and liberal and the people are very expressive, and I’m certain you will have seen the spectrum of expressions yesterday.”

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