The Royal Family has been dubbed the “Disney celebrities of Windsor” by fans following news of Prince William and Kate Middleton's tour of the Caribbean.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend a week in March travelling to Belize, Jamaica, and The Bahamas.
The tour is to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee as they head to countries in the Commonwealth.
Jamaica’s Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Robert Morgan has said the country will not be “paying for the visit”.
Mr Morgan said there will be some costs like when any “VIP” enters the country but wanted to make clear that they would not be paying other than in relation to safety personnel.
According to the Jamaica Observer, Mr Morgan said: “There are obviously going to be costs if a VIP is coming to your country. There will obviously be costs as it relates to per-diem for security personnel who will be engaged to ensure safety.
“It happened with (former President Barack) Obama, any dignitary that comes to Jamaica, the country will obviously have to foot a cost… I want to repeat again, the Government is not paying for the visit.”
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One Twitter user said: “Even if Jamaica will meet some of the costs, this is a great precedent. These Disney celebrities of Windsor need to start footing their own bills for the vanity holidays aka royal tours. Thank you endlessly, Jamaica!”
Another questioned: “Were the Jamaicans asked to fund the visit? I can't imagine they would expect Jamaica, as one of the poorer nations, to fund this.”
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While others “congratulated” the country on their stance and said: “Well done Jamaica. This trip is supposed to 'strengthen' the Royal Family's position in the Commonwealth. So let the Royal Family pay for it.”
William and Kate will reportedly engage with the Jamaican Defence Force and celebrate the legacy of Bob Marley and the country’s other musicians alongside potential stars of the future.
Speaking about the tour in general, A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: “Their Royal Highnesses are very much looking forward to the visit, which will be their first joint official overseas tour since the onset of Covid-19 in 2020.”
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