Kate Middleton Snubbed by Jamaican Lawmaker, Viral Video Appears to Show

Kate Middleton's tour of the Caribbean has hit another bump after a clip emerged showing a Jamaican politician appearing to give her the cold shoulder.

The viral video shows Lisa Hanna, the opposition spokesperson on foreign affairs, looking away as Kate smiles at her. It has been watched more than 280,000 times on Twitter at the time of writing.

Kate and Prince William's arrival in the country on Tuesday triggered protests by around 350 anti-colonialism campaigners calling for an apology and reparations.

The viral clip shows Kate wearing a bright yellow dress, a nod to the flag of Jamaica, sitting alongside Hanna at what appears to be an arrival event at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

Around six hours after the five-second clip emerged, Hanna posted a thread on the social media platform reiterating her support for reparations and a break with the monarchy—but also speaking of welcoming the couple with "warm hospitality."

The PNP lawmaker wrote: "Today I welcomed Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate to Jamaica on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

"We had a very interactive and pleasant conversation throughout the proceedings as we talked about family, our cultures and our people.

"There's no doubt at this time that we all seek our true independence and want to develop systems & strategies where we become free from the monarchy. But until then we will always remain a courteous and respectful country.

"I am a firm believer in reparations and as such when I was Minister of Youth and Culture I led the reparations committee which made strides in developing a legal submission to Britain which examined the economic cost of slavery to our country.

"I welcome them wholeheartedly with our warm hospitality and look forward to us having productive discussions about our future."

Kate Middleton Meets Anti-Monarchy Jamaican Politician
Kate Middleton shares a warmer exchange with Jamaican politician Lisa Hanna, at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on March 22. Hanna has said she backs reparations and a break with the monarchy. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Still photos from the event appear to show a warmer exchange between the pair shortly after Kate and William got off the plane.

Around 350 protesters gathered outside the British High Commission in Kingston at 10:30 a.m. local time calling on the duke and duchess to apologize for Britain's colonial past.

They handed Oliver Blake, head of the political and development team at the commission, an open letter addressed to the couple.

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The letter, seen by Newsweek, reads: "During her 70 years on the throne, your grandmother has done nothing to redress and atone for the suffering of our ancestors that took place during her reign and/or during the entire period of British trafficking of Africans, enslavement, indentureship and colonialization."

It added: "You, who may one day lead the British Monarchy, are direct beneficiaries of the wealth accumulated by the Royal family over centuries, including that stemming from the trafficking and enslavement of Africans.

"You therefore have the unique opportunity to redefine the relationship between the British Monarchy and the people of Jamaica.

"If you choose to do so, we urge you to start with an apology and recognition of the need for atonement and reparations."

The debate follows Barbados' removal of Queen Elizabeth II as head of state in November 2021, citing a desire to break with the colonial past.

Kate Middleton and Politician Lisa Hanna
Kate Middleton with Lisa Hanna, an MP from the opposition PNP, at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on March 22. Viral video appears to show an awkward exchange between them, amid protests on the royal tour. Karwai Tang/WireImage