William and Kate’s tour was ‘all offense, no charm’ – Meghan Markle biographer

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s recent Caribbean tour was described as “all offense, no charm” by the co-writer of find freedomOmid Scobie on Newsweekit is The royal report Podcast.

Speaking to chief royal correspondent Jack Royston and royal commentator Kristen Meinzer, Scobie described the Cambridge tour as “sticking to a traditional format” which was not well received by the Caribbean and featured many “missed opportunities”.

William and Kate embarked on a three-leg Caribbean tour last month visiting Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

Each step was met with protests and, in Jamaica in particular, a plague of public relations nightmares ensued, including poorly organized photo ops and the Jamaican Prime Minister blinding the Royal Family with a discussion of the development of the independence of the nation.

“With a tour like this, you visit former British colonies, countries that have a deep history of slavery that was kind of overseen mainly by Britain, and sometimes the royal family – it’s impossible to start a journey like this without feeling like it has to be acknowledged in some way,” Scobie said.

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“I think in part that the fact that this trip has to do with celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee…in the process [it] completely forgot to be respectful or attentive to the political climates of each country.”

Meinzer said she believed the ‘whole world’ was ‘cringing’ when photographs were released of William and Kate meeting children separated by a chain-link fence and also taking part in a military parade ‘dressed in white’ with visual links to colonialism.

Scobie gave insight into the shortcomings of the Cambridge team on this: “The most important thing is to have people there who are actually aware of what looks good and what doesn’t…I just think it was missing on this trip,” he said.

“There was no one to identify [the fence photographs] as potentially problematic. Because we know the reality is that the couple were just trying to meet as many people as possible – there was nothing sinister behind those images – but it was recklessness.”

Royston popped the question to Scobie: If the tour had been undertaken by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, would the reaction have been different? Scobie went on to say he thought the issue was bigger than the Sussexes and the answers lay with the Palace, adding: “I think we’ve seen in the past where a tour has been able to set the tone right from the start. start.

“I remember going through briefings for the Sussexes’ tour of southern Africa and how it was the staff at Buckingham Palace who really went out of their way to say that this tour would be a little different. That the couple would be aware of the politics within the local they were visiting, that one would not see state dinners, that there would not be the expensive wardrobes one is used to on a royal trip.

“So that was proof that at some point the palace knew how to make these things work in a modern environment.”

On the final night of the Cambridges’ visit to Jamaica, William gave a speech in which he addressed, in part, the call for him to speak out against slavery.

He said: “I wholeheartedly agree with my father, the Prince of Wales, who said in Barbados last year that the appalling atrocity of slavery forever taints our history. I want to to express my deep sadness. Slavery was heinous, it should never have happened.”

For many, the prince has not gone far enough, with his failure to apologize for the roles his royal ancestors played in the enslavement of African men and women a chief complaint.

Scobie acknowledged the prince was placed in a ‘difficult position’, continuing: ‘For a member of the royal family to speak out against slavery, take on some kind of ancestral responsibility for it and apologize would also greatly affect the future of the royal family, because when you start to apologize or admit that some of the wealth you’ve amassed within your family may have come from such horrific historical times, you’re going to be met with calls from ” give it back”.

Scobie felt the event as a whole lacked the sensibility needed on a modern tour of these areas, summing up his feelings with: “This tour was the charm offensive [and] everything had been offensive, no charm.”

Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie called William and Kate’s recent Caribbean tour ‘all offensive, no charm’ on Newsweek’s ‘The Royal Report’ podcast. Photographed during a military parade in Jamaica, March 24, 2022.
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