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Why British royals face simmering resentment in Caribbean

National flags still adorn the streets of Antigua's capital days after the Earl and Countess of Wessex departed the island on their Platinum Jubilee Caribbean tour.

People here pride themselves on the welcome offered to visitors – tourism is the country’s mainstay after all. But behind the red carpet and guard of honour upon arrival, the royal couple’s trip was met with pervasive apathy mixed with simmering resentment.

  • Gemma Handy
  • BBC

It was not always this way. Decades ago, the royals were greeted like “deities”, says local historian Ivor Ford.

“We would all turn out to see them and wave flags. I suppose we didn’t know better then,” he muses.

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