Prince Harry visits Jamdown and Portia calls for independence
Prince Harry is touring the Caribbean to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee year. His visit to Jamaica comes at a time when prime minister Portia Simpson Miller is calling for the Caribbean island to cut all ties with Britain and ditch the monarchy.
Jamaica achieved its independence from Britain in 1962 but retained the monarchy, meaning Queen Elizabeth is the island’s head of state and Queen of Jamaica in her own right.
“We came on a long journey from slavery to adult suffrage to our independence and we are now a nation, I believe, our maturity is now saying that we should look to a form of government that would, at this time, take full charge of our destiny,” Simpson Miller said.