Smith, the most recent non-resident ambassador to Panama, said his comments were an “untended breach of protocol”.
“At a farewell luncheon with the foreign affairs staff in Freeport on Friday last, in strictest confidence, I shared with them my plans for the future and told them that I was being appointed to the Office of Governor General,” said Smith in a statement.
“I wish to assure the Bahamian people that this was a private discussion that was never intended to be made public.
“I extend sincerest apologies to Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and to the Most Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis and the government for any embarrassment or inconvenience resulting from this unintended breach of protocol.”
A video of Smith’s farewell speech was posted to social media.
Addressing the small group, Smith advised those gathered about his recent resignation as ambassador to Panama and five other countries.
“It is no secret that I tendered my resignation with effect from today to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and after midnight tonight, I’ll no longer be ambassador to six Central American countries,” Smith said.
“But the resignation was really more not of retirement but more of transition.
“As a result of Her Majesty the Queen appointing me to be the governor general, I found it necessary to have to resign from the position that I had to be transited to another position.”
Dame Marguerite, widow of former Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling, has served as governor general since July 2014.