DR SHOLA Mos-Shogbamimu has hit back at Dan Wootton in a row over Prince William and Kate’s Caribbean tour. Journalist Mr Wootton wrote a column claiming that Meghan Markle’s accusation against an unnamed royal of racism against her and Prince Harry’s son Archie in their Oprah Winfrey interview was being “weaponised” against the Cambridges as their Caribbean tour continues. The GB News presenter wrote on Twitter: “Shame on Meghan Markle as her propagandists use the fantasy that the Royal Family is racist to derail Wills and Kate’s Jamaican tour and destroy the Commonwealth.”
But Dr Mos-Shogbamimu furious hit back at Mr Wootton as a Twitter row erupted. Retweeting the columnist’s post, she said: “Meghan Markle is NOT to blame for Prince William & Kate Middleton failed #RoyalTourCaribbean, for demands of apology & reparation owed to Jamaica/Bahamas or for the British Monarchy being steeped in racism, oppression & exploitation of Black people to date.” In Harry and Meghan’s TV interview in March 2021, they accused an unnamed royal of racism against their son Archie before he was born.
Dr Mos-Shogbamimu’s tweet prompted hundreds of comments from other Twitter users. One person with the handle @StayToHear1 said: “Good to see confirmation that the tour was a failure and quite possibly the monarchy is at an end.” Another Twitter user, @VisualReceipts, replied: “Thank you @SholaMos1 for speaking out.” But another person with the handle @magdalenedcosta said: “Errr…the tour was in no way a failure. Less than 100 protestors but thousands out to cheer them on. So they want to be a republic. Go ahead. We wish Jamaica and every country who wishes so well. But, don’t doubt that the #RoyalTourCaribbean is going great.”
It comes as William and Kate have faced protests during their royal tour in Jamaica calling for the monarchy to pay reparations for its role in slavery. In his MailOnline article, Mr Wootton wrote: “As his royal tour to Jamaica with Kate is increasingly overshadowed by a toxic row over local calls for reparations to compensate for British colonialism (yawn), it’s the words of his own sister-in-law being weaponised against the Royal Family.
“Shame on Meghan Markle for the damage she’s caused to the Commonwealth and shame on the propagandists in Jamaica and the media using her fantasies to advance their republican cause.” On Wednesday, William addressed the issue of slavery denouncing it as “abhorrent”. The Duke expressed his “profound sorrow” at the forced transportation of millions of people from Africa to the Caribbean and North America – a trade which British monarchs either supported or profited from during the 17th and 18th centuries. The future king did not say sorry, just as his father Prince Charles had not during his trip to witness Barbados become a republic last November.
William said: “I strongly agree with my father, the Prince of Wales, who said in Barbados last year that the appalling atrocity of slavery forever stains our history.” “I want to express my profound sorrow. Slavery was abhorrent. And it should never have happened. “While the pain runs deep, Jamaica continues to forge its future with determination, courage and fortitude. “The strength and shared sense of purpose of the Jamaican people, represented in your flag and motto, celebrate an invincible spirit.
“It is this same spirit that spurred on the Windrush generation, who came to the United Kingdom to help rebuild after the Second World War. “We are forever grateful for the immense contribution that this generation and their descendants have made to British life, which continues to enrich and improve our society.” Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness appeared to suggest his country may be the next country to break away from the monarchy, telling the Cambridges it was “moving on” and intended to “fulfil our true ambitions and destiny as an independent, developed, prosperous country”.