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Is the royal family snubbing The Bahamas?

Dear Editor,

Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will both embark on a whirlwind tour of the Caribbean between March 17-29. The royal couple will visit Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, the Cayman Islands, a British overseas territory and communist Cuba.

This will be the first time members of the royal family have officially visited Cuba. Prince Charles is probably emulating former U.S. President Barack Obama, who visited that country in 2016. No British prime minister has ever visited Cuba. The purpose of the visit, according to royal family officials, is “to highlight the growing bilateral relationship” between Cuba and the United Kingdom.

If my memory serves me correctly, the last time a member of the royal family made an official visit to The Bahamas was in March 2012, during the final months of the then Free National Movement government of former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. That was Prince Harry, son of Prince Charles. The occasion was Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Also during that tour, Prince Harry visited Jamaica, Belize and Brazil.

Queen Elizabeth II visited the country 18 years prior to her grandson, which was in March of 1994, also under Ingraham. She has visited more than 120 countries, travelling more than 1,032,513 miles during her hectic career, which is equivalent to 42 trips around the entire circumference of the Earth.

Those who have chosen to interpret The Bahamas not being a part of the royal family’s Caribbean itinerary as a clear case of this country being snubbed are simply looking to create mischief, at a time the country is already inundated with many social and economic issues. The Bahamas stands to gain absolutely nothing by hosting the royal family, other than spending precious, limited resources in facilitating such a visit, which is a massive undertaking. No need for Bahamians to feel snubbed by Prince Charles and Camilla.

– Kevin Evans

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