Protests by local residents have forced the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to cancel a trip to the Belize Village, which was scheduled to begin their tour of the Caribbean, after residents protested against it.
Opposition to the royal tour was sparked by controversy between residents of the Toledo district and the confrontation between Flora and Fiona International (FFI), a conservation charity owned by Prince William.
He and Kate were expected to visit the Acetaille Cacao Farm in Indian Creek on the first full day of their alleged aggression, but their office canceled the engagement on Friday.
It comes as they visit Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, which is why they try to justify monarchy and persuade other nations not to follow Barbados to elect a Republican.
William and Kate’s helicopter bails landing site – a local football pitch – caused more problems with residents, who they claimed were not consulted.
Local broadcaster Channel 7 described the tension between citizens and the state as “consent for collective land rights, land rights which were abolished by the British during the colonial period”.
The chair of Indian Creek Village, Sebastien Scholl, told the Daily Mail: “We do not want them to land on us, this is the message we want to send.
“They can land anywhere, but not on our land.”
A spokeswoman for Kensington Palace said: “We can confirm that because of sensitive issues involving the community in Indian Creek, the visit has been moved to a different location. Further details will be provided at the appropriate time. “
The Belize government said in a statement: “Indian Creek was one of several sites under consideration. Due to problems in the village, the government of Belize activated its potential planning and was selected elsewhere to showcase the Maya family business in the Keiko industry.
In a statement, the FFI said it had purchased the land on nearby Boden Creek in December 2021 from private owners, and it would protect and protect the area’s wildlife, supporting local people’s economy and traditional rights.
Without directly addressing the conflict, the FFI said it purchased land to benefit the region’s environmental integrity, residential communities and Belize, and vowed to maintain “open and continuous dialogue” with the local community.
The pair is set to land in Belize on Saturday afternoon in Voyager, the Ministerial Jet. The Governor-General of the country, Freila Tzalam, will welcome the couple – along with a delegation of 15, including a hairdresser, private secretaries and press team – before they head to Belize City to meet Prime Minister Johnny Bresino.
Windsor campaigners and Caribbean experts have criticized the visit, saying Britain should actively assist nations to persuade them to stay, rather than ending ties with the monarchy.
“There are still significant legal and economic relations with the United Kingdom, which makes it really difficult for a country like Jamaica to be free,” said author and campaigner Patrick Vernon.
“This year is an opportunity for people to focus: Do we want to be a Republic, and what does that mean? If Jamaica decided to do this, the rest of the English-speaking Caribbean would have a domino effect.