Prince William Releases Extremely Rare Statement After Caribbean Tour

Prince William just addressed the elephant in the room shortly after his Caribbean royal tour came to a close.

Over the weekend, the Duke of Cambridge released a candid statement sharing his thoughts about the U.K.’s governance over nations like Belize and Jamaica. Prince William explained how the multi-day tour gave him and his wife, Kate Middleton, a new perspective about the future of these countries.

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“Foreign tours are an opportunity to reflect. You learn so much. What is on the minds of Prime Ministers. The hopes and ambitions of school children. The day-to-day challenges faced by families and communities,” he said, according to People. “I know that this tour has brought into even sharper focus questions about the past and the future. In Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas, that future is for the people to decide upon. But we have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with communities in all three countries, understanding more about the issues that matter most to them.”

The royal continued, “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 also promised to further educate himself and his family, adding, “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. 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.”

Well said, Prince William.

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