On Sunday, Prince Harry arrived in Antigua for the beginning of his two-week tour of the West Indies on behalf of the Queen, in which he will visit the Commonwealth country of Guyana as well as six countries where the Queen is still head of state: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines .
The primary purpose of Prince Harry’s visit is, somewhat ironically, to mark the 35th anniversary of independence in Antigua and Barbuda and the 50th anniversary of independence in Guyana and Barbados, the latter of which will have him meeting with Rihanna. His arrival, however, has been greeted by an anti-colonial campaign trending under the hashtag #NotMyPrince, an obvious hat tip to the #NotMyPresident campaign that launched in America following the election victory of Donald Trump.
— Jamie (@okayjamie) November 21, 2016
Send this patronising waster a message that the pillage & slavery brought to the Caribbean by his forefathers is not forgotten #NotMyPrince
— Joe Kerr (@JoeKerr484848) November 21, 2016
— Manumit WakeUp World (@Manumit1963) November 21, 2016
Princes belong in fairy tales, not democracies. #NotMyPrince
— James (@James_G_Hill_) November 21, 2016
— Kermzzie (@Kermzz) November 21, 2016
Social media users are not the only ones protesting the British Monarchy’s lasting hold over these regions. Last year, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of Barbados said he planned to replace the Queen with a local president.
In October 2014, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne spoke out against Europe’s colonial past at the second Conference of Reparations, saying “We hold no living person of any European nation responsible for the evils of the ruling classes that controlled their societies and enriched themselves from the cruelties and barbarism from which they subjected our ancestors. However, this does not preclude them from acknowledging these wrongs and to commit themselves to the noble action of resolving them by accepting our reparatory claims.”
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US