Prince William and Kate Middleton wave goodbye to Caribbean tour


The duke has been forced to admit he may never succeed the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth (Picture: Toby Melville/PA Wire)

Prince William and Kate Middleton have bid farewell to their tumultuous week-long Caribbean tour.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge waved goodbye from the steps of their plane at the Lynden Pindling International Airport in the Bahamas last night.

A departure ceremony was held after they spent their last day at a children’s home before meeting one of William’s Earthshot Prize winners.

A bid had been made to strengthen the Royal Family’s ties with the Commonwealth as the couple travelled to Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Despite the smiling photos, critics have slammed the trip as ‘tone deaf’, claiming it has shone a light on the outdated monarchy.

Positive moments on the tour were overshadowed as protesters accused the couple of benefitting from the ‘blood, tears and sweat’ of slaves.

Images of the couple riding in the back of an open-top Land Rover during a military parade in Jamaica were denounced as harking back to colonial days.


Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Prince William (R) are seen on board a plane upon arrival from Great Abaco at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, The Bahamas on March 26, 2022. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

The pair had hoped to strengthen the monarchy’s ties with the Commonwealth on the tour (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge board a plane at Lynden Pindling International Airport as they depart the Bahamas, at the end of their tour of the Caribbean taken on behalf of the Queen to mark her Platinum Jubilee. Picture date: Saturday March 26, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Tour. Photo credit should read: Toby Melville/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge board a plane at Lynden Pindling International Airport as they leave the Bahamas (Picture: PA)


KINGSTON, JAMAICA ??? MARCH 24: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel from across the Caribbean who have recently completed the Caribbean Military Academy???s Officer Training Programme, at the Jamaica Defence Force on day six of the Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of the Caribbean on March 24, 2022 in Kingston, Jamaica. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Belize, Jamaica, and The Bahamas on their week-long tour. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

There are claims some moments on the trip echoed Britain’s colonialist past (Picture: Chris Jackson Collection)

Some described it as a ‘PR disaster’ as other pictures showed the Cambridges shaking hands with Kingston locals behind a wire mesh fence.

Meanwhile, the duo was forced to cancel a trip to a Belize village as locals said they were not welcome amid anger over the lack of consultation about a helicopter landing on a local football field.

The duke has been forced to admit he may never succeed the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth after being criticised for failing to apologise for the Royal Family’s role in the slave trade on the tour.

He described it as an ‘appalling atrocity’ that ‘stains our history’ during a speech at a lavish dinner hosted by the Governor General of Jamaica – but stopped short of saying sorry.

In a statement reflecting on the end of the trip on Saturday, William acknowledged the monarchy’s days in the Caribbean may be numbered.

‘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’, he said.


KINGSTON, JAMAICA ??? MARCH 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands with children during a visit to Trench Town, the birthplace of reggae music, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of the Caribbean on March 22, 2022 in Kingston, Jamaica. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Belize, Jamaica, and The Bahamas on their week-long tour. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands with children during a visit to Trench Town, the birthplace of reggae music (Picture: Getty Images)


Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Prince William (R) pose for pictures during a departure ceremony at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, The Bahamas on March 26, 2022. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

The couple posed for pictures during a departure ceremony in The Bahamas (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)


Britain's Prince William stands to observe a guard of honour at the departure ceremony at the Lynden Pindling International Airport, Nassau, Bahamas, March 26, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

William stands to observe a guard of honour at the Lynden Pindling International Airport, Nassau (Picture: Reuters)

‘But we have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with communities in all three countries, understanding more about the issues that matter most to them.

‘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.’

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