Prince William has no plans of controlling the Commonwealth nations following his and Kate Middleton's Caribbean tour.
After the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Belize, Jamaica, and the Bahamas, the second in line to the throne said he would allow the Commonwealth nation to choose its leaders, prompting some to think that he was withdrawing his support for his father, Prince Charles as the next head of the Commonwealth. But some felt that he was only mirroring the Queen's commitment to service.
Prince William Is Giving Commonwealth The Right To Choose Its Next Leader But Withdrawing Support To Prince Charles?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Caribbean tour was met with mixed responses. Some were happy that they saw the royal couple. However, they also faced numerous protests and backlash calling the tour tone-deaf. Some locals even staged protests about colonialism, slavery, and anti-monarchy.
When Prince William returned to the U.K., he released a statement reaffirming his willingness to support the Caribbean nations that want to seek their independence from the monarchy because he is committed to service regardless of who will lead the Commonwealth, which is currently headed by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
"Catherine and I are committed to service. For us, that's not telling people what to do. It is about serving and supporting them in whatever way they think best, by using the platform we are lucky to have," Prince William wrote on Instagram.
"It is why tours such as this reaffirm our desire to serve the people of the Commonwealth and to listen to communities around the world," he continued. "Who the Commonwealth chooses to lead its family in the future isn't what is on my mind. What matters to us is the potential the Commonwealth family has to create a better future for the people who form it, and our commitment to serve and support as best we can."
Prince William's statement saying, he would let the Commonwealth choose whom they wanted to lead its family prompted some to believe that by doing so, he was withdrawing his support for Prince Charles, The News reported. The Duke of Cambridge's remarks appeared to some that he is opening doors for other leaders to be the next head of the Commonwealth instead of pushing his father for the position.
Netizens Believe Prince William Is Mirroring His Grandmother Queen Elizabeth
Some netizens were supportive of the Duke of Cambridge's decision not to overpower the Commonwealth. For them, Prince William made the right move as a leader because he recognized and acknowledged the changes.
For some netizens, Prince William's commitment to service is similar to his grandmother. So, his plan to give Commonwealth freedom is allegedly not far from what the Queen wants for the organization.
"Prince William was reflective and follows the Queen’s commitment to service and respecting other Nation’s free will. You should be celebrating Prince William’s commitment and wisdom instead of sensationalizing this," one wrote.
"I don’t see this as a big break from protocol. I read it as a statement of commitment to serving & listening to the people of the Commonwealth. Like the Queen’s 21st birthday speech. He appears to be following in her footsteps but with an updated twist," another added.
"At no point did William reflect ideas beyond advancing both Her Majesty and the Prince of Wales' views on openness within the Commonwealth. By focusing on service William mirrors the Queen's repeated vow this Platinum Anniversary," another commented.
What do you think of Prince William's statement about the Commonwealth? Is he withdrawing his support for his father Prince Charles or just mirroring his grandmother Queen Elizabeth?
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