The British royal family continues its Caribbean tour despite criticism over slavery

LONDON, April 24 (DPA/EP) –

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Edward and Sophie continued on the second leg of their Caribbean tour, amid criticism by some royals over comments allegedly made about slavery.

To promote the UK’s image in the region, the couple have embarked on a tour that will take them to Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Pomegranate. In the latter country, the couple got their second red carpet and second honor guard of their tour on Friday, where scouts, girl guides and cadets waved the national flag during their welcome.

But Edward and Sophie had received a warning from another Caribbean country asking them to avoid any “false morals” of slavery after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to the Bahamas, Belize and Jamaica last March led to some The British media had reminded me. Colonial past of these states.

Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Support said, “We hear the false morals of those who come before you, that these crimes are a stain on your history (…) Sources are the commission in an open letter to the couple.

The commission called on members of the British royal family to respect the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda without repeating the mantra of other Caribbean countries.

Despite the warnings, the couple’s reception was friendly. Edward was greeted by the country’s president, Dame Susan Dougan, followed by Acting Prime Minister Montgomery Daniel, before stepping onto a stage to see an honor guard.

The couple is about to have a separate engagement during their one-day trip to the island.

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Sophie is to attend a community college, where she will be welcomed by the La Gracia Dance Company.

As part of her goal of championing the need for support and equality for the blind and visually impaired, the Countess will meet with representatives from two organizations, the Persons with Disabilities and Society for the Blind. She will also meet with women’s groups to learn about their role in the community’s response to the La Soufriere volcanic eruption last year.

Elsewhere, Edward is scheduled to visit the island’s National Stadium, where he will meet athletes training for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Earl will also watch the end of a women’s T10 cricket match and meet some of the country’s netball and tennis teams.

Before leaving, Edward and Sophie will go to the Prime Minister’s residence to meet the entire executive.

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