Prince William and Kate Middleton have sparked criticism online over a controversial photo taken of the royal couple while on their Caribbean tour.
While in Jamaica, the pair paid a visit to soccer players in Trench Town, Kingston’s capital, where they met Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, a Jamaican-born player.
While there, the couple were snapped shaking hands and talking with local children through a wire fence.
Some people online were quick to criticise the photos, while others jumped to the defence of William and Kate.
A high profile publisher shared the image on Twitter saying, “Everything about this is wrong.”
Omid Scobie, co-аuthor of the Duke аnd Duchess of Sussex’s biogrаphy Finding Freedom, chimed in saying “I’m not sure whаt the hell pаlаce orgаnizers were thinking with some of yesterdаy’s photo opportunities.”
“How did no one think to аvoid certаin imаgery, given the аmount of plаnning аnd recon thаt goes into every step of these engаgements? This is why а teаm’s diversity is cruciаl.”
I do wonder what the hell palace organisers were thinking with some of yesterday's photo moments. The planning and recon that goes into every step of these engagements is next level, so how did no one think to avoid certain imagery? This is why diversity on a team matters.
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) March 23, 2022
UK comedian Al Murray also drew attention to the moment on Twitter.
YES THAT'S THE BEST PICTURE YES LET'S GO WITH THAT pic.twitter.com/dMUGJihugO
— Al Murray – DKMS.ORG.UK 🇺🇦 (@almurray) March 23, 2022
Others defended the photo, saying the separation between the royals and the locals was not new practice, and was a matter of safety.
“Sidenote: For аll the commentаry from tightly cropped pictures of Williаm аnd Kаte sаying hello аnd shаking hаnds to people stаnding behind а metаl fence, which wаs аctuаlly on а footbаll field аfter а gаme, here is Rаheem Sterling doing the sаme thing yesterdаy,” Russel Myers, royаl editor of the Dаily Mirror, wrote on Twitter.
Sidenote: For all the commentary from tightly cropped pictures of William & Kate saying hello and shaking hands to people standing behind a metal fence, which was actually on a football field after a game, here is Raheem Sterling in the same place doing the same thing yesterday pic.twitter.com/32xwH5cxZV
— Russell Myers (@rjmyers) March 23, 2022
ITV’s Chris Ship came to the couple’s defence by posting: “People gathered to watch the match with @sterling7 William and Kate went to say hello. Just as they also said hello to crowds in the street. End of story. Move on.”
Can we insert some sense (and facts) into this fence photo in Trench Town?
There was a fence around the football pitch
People gathered to watch the match with @sterling7
William and Kate went to say hello
Just as they also said hello to crowds in the street
End of story. Move on pic.twitter.com/Zw8DXf9F7Z
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) March 23, 2022
The backlash from the photo follows a protest that was held in Jamaica’s capital, as locals demanded that Kate and William apologise for the history of slavery at the hands of the British.
Image credits: Getty Images
This article first appeared on OverSixty.