As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge set to tour a group of Commonwealth nations, the Bahamas and Jamaica are taking a different stance on footing the bill for the royals.
Prince William and wife Kate Middleton will spend a week in the Bahamas, Jamaica and Belize to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne.
The Bahamas will fully pay for accommodations, meals, and the couples’ understaff. However, Jamaica will not pay for the visit, only for “some costs” of the tour such as security details, insisting it would not pay for anything else.
Permanent Secretary in the office of the Governor-General in the Bahamas, Jack Thompson insisted, “It is customary for the host country to absorb the cost.”
Clint Watson, Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, says the amount of money the Bahamas will spend for the tour is still being determined, as the couple sets to visit Abaco, Grand Bahama, and Parliament Square for a cultural show.
Some Bahamians have taken to social media to express disapproval in footing the bill. Nick Rock tweeted, “You mean we have to absorb it? Take out my part.”
Someone else tweeted, “You can’t change the mentality of the people who grew up in that era.”
This will be the first visit to the Caribbean for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The tour will begin on March 19 starting with Belize, onto Jamaica, and will end in the Bahamas on March 26.