Covert racism and poor diplomacy spoils royal wedding describes the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton as a ‘royal slap to blacks’. The comment is gaining increasingly in momentum simply because there were hardly any black faces at all at this royal wedding of the year.
But, ‘so what?’, royalists are saying. Well, it seems to matter for blacks as in particular, Prince William is second in the line of succession, behind Prince Charles, to the thrones of the sixteen independent sovereign states that make up the Commonwealth realms which, like the UK,  have significant numbers of black people as citizens (eg, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis).

The noble prince, is also second in line, behind his father, Prince Charles, to the position of Head of the Commonwealth (an organisation of some 54 nation states that include many African and Asian states).

Again, as for the world’s most prominent black family, the Obamas, many Americans are wondering why they had not been invited.  Royal commentators were quick to comment by saying that was because the occasion was not a state one, but private.  Daily Mail: “Because Prince William is not yet heir to the throne, his wedding to Kate Middleton is not classed as a ‘state occasion’ — and the couple feel under no pressure to fill the 2,000-strong guest list with heads of state.”

Well, the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer was a private affair, but then the Reagans had been invited. President Reagan could not attend as he was ill, but his wife, Nancy Reagan did attend. The Reagans were also invited to the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sara Ferguson – also not a ‘state’ occasion.

Commonwealth commentators are saying that whilst the noble prince is keen to up his PR message as a representative of the royal family abroad especially in African states where photos of him abound with African kids portraying him as a genuine representative of the Queen as Head of State of the Commonwealth of Nations.  In that respect, it is being said,  it is surprising that his wedding did not indicate that he is privately up to the job of being a true friend of the many blacks who are citizens of Commonwealth countries of which his family are in ascendancy and who in due course, himself and his wife, will increasingly represent.

[Joan Besquith-Jens, Royal Wedding Commentator]


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