Mission imperial: Prince Harry flies into Jamaica. Jamaica wants own leadership to fully, take charge
It may be his first solo mission overseas on behalf of his grandmother but for the people of Jamaica there is only one question surrounding the visit of Prince Harry next week: where will he party?
The arrival in the Caribbean of the third in line to the British throne threatens to throw up a challenging diplomatic encounter when Harry sits down with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.
She has threatened to overshadow the beginning of the carefully stage-managed Commonwealth celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by calling for Jamaica to replace the Queen as head of state to mark its 50th anniversary of independence.
“It’s time for us to sever the ties,” said Ms Simpson Miller ahead of the royal arriving to attend a state dinner hosted by Jamaica’s Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen, on Tuesday evening. “August coming will be 50 years since we have gained our independence. I really feel it is time now for Jamaica to have its own leadership fully, to take charge.”
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Posted on March 2, 2012, in England, Jamaica and tagged Jamaica, Monarchy of the United Kingdom, Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica, Prince Harry of Wales. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.