Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Photo With Jamaican Prime Minister Might Not Please King Charles

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s appearance at the red-carpet premiere of Bob Marley: One Love on Tuesday night was a delightful surprise. With their low-key approach to media these days, the photos show the Montecito couple living their best lives. However, royalists always have to find something to pick on, and it’s their photo with Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness that has them up in arms.

The image showed the Sussexes with the prime minister, House of Representatives member and wife Juliet, and Parliament member and the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange. Holness shared a video clip on X that showed his friendly exchange with Harry and Meghan on the red carpet, but remember, they aren’t working royals. It’s the current members of the palace that he has an issue with, so this photo might not be King Charles III’s favorite because it reminds everyone of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s ill-planned Caribbean tour in 2022.

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KINGSTON, JAMAICA - JANUARY 23: (L-R) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Andrew Holness, Juliet Holness and Olivia Grange attend the Premiere of “Bob Marley: One Love” at the Carib 5 Theatre on January 23, 2024 in Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
KINGSTON, JAMAICA – JANUARY 23: (L-R) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Andrew Holness, Juliet Holness and Olivia Grange attend the Premiere of “Bob Marley: One Love” at the Carib 5 Theatre on January 23, 2024 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Jamaica is currently a part of the Commonwealth which acknowledges the U.K. sovereign as their head of state. It was during the Waleses’ visit in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee that things went awry. In addition to the anti-colonial demonstrations, Holness shared his strong sentiments about exiting the Commonwealth. “Jamaica is a very free and liberal country and the people are very expressive, and I’m certain that you would have seen the spectrum of expressions yesterday,” he said, noting the protests, per Reuters. “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 center, and to be addressed as best we can.”

KINGSTON, JAMAICA - MARCH 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) meet with the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness (C) at his office on March 23, 2022 in Kingston, Jamaica. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee. The 8 day tour takes place between Saturday 19th March and Saturday 26th March and is their first joint official overseas tour since the onset of COVID-19 in 2020. (Photo by Jane Barlow - Pool/Getty Images)
KINGSTON, JAMAICA – MARCH 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) meet with the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness (C) at his office on March 23, 2022 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Holness then cut straight to the chase about his intentions as the leader of Jamaica. “But Jamaica is, as you would see, is a country that is proud of its history and very proud of what we have achieved,” he explained. “And we’re moving on and we intend to… fulfill our true ambitions and destiny to become an independent, developed and prosperous country.” Holness’ strong words led to William giving an apology and expressing his “profound sorrow” about Britain’s role in the slave trade without referring to Jamaica’s wish to no longer be under the monarchy’s reign.

The prime minister has stayed true to his word and has put forth a bill for Jamaica to become a republic by 2025. King Charles would be replaced by “a non-executive president as head of state,” according to BBC. This would lessen the perceived power of the monarchy and confirm some critics’ beliefs that the royal family has no place in the modern world. That photo with Meghan and Harry may seem like just another red-carpet snapshot, but for the palace, it’s a reminder that they have a lot of work to do when it comes to being accountable for its colonial history.

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