The Caribbean tour, which will also include upcoming stops in Jamaica and the Bahamas, comes as part of the royal family’s effort to strengthen its relationships in the region and persuade other nations to not follow Barbados’ lead and vote to remove Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state. But Indian Creek locals’ opposition to the arrangements and overbearing demands made by William and Kate expose the transparently ceremonial and symbolic nature of the tour.


A series of photo ops with people of color from historically colonized lands doesn’t “strengthen ties” or really have any benefit to local people; based on the experience of the citizens of Indian Creek, the tour seems more like an inconvenience than anything else. Of course, if the royal family were actually marginally interested in supporting people of the Caribbean or any other lands that have been colonized and enslaved by the monarchy, they could simply listen to ongoing demands for reparations.