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Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness has pledged to complete efforts to end the monarchy in the country, but insisted Prince William and Kate Middleton are still welcome to return to the Caribbean island despite protests during a controversial royal tour last year.

Kate Middleton Prince William: Britain’s Kate, Princess of Wales, and Prince William, Prince of Wales, in London. (AP)

They are always welcome, he said, praising the Royal Family, while suggesting he would have liked to end the monarchy when the Queen died.

I think there has always been great love and respect for the Queen in Jamaica. The appropriate time to do so would have been during a transition, said Andrew Holness. He insisted he had the support of the public, continuing, The truth is that recent polls have shown that there is a trend towards Jamaica becoming a republic. So over time the position has evolved.

Earlier, a poll showed that 49% of Jamaicans were in favor of establishing a republic, 40% in favor of maintaining a monarchy and 11% undecided. Jamaica is one of eight Caribbean countries that have retained their historic ties to the British monarchy.

The three-time Prime Minister said: We have started the journey. We have set indicative deadlines. We would have liked to be able to do it in a year, but the process is not linear. So we are on the way to public education. Then we’ll have a piece of legislation where we’ll table legislation that has to sit in Parliament before it’s passed for six months, and then we’ll have to hold a referendum.

Without sharing a timetable for when Jamaica will become a republic, he said, it all depends on how quickly the process takes place. We intended to have passed the legislation at least a year after announcing the formation, the beginning, of our constitutional reform process. But that was obviously extended because we had to engage in a long period of public education and public consultation.

Earlier, Jamaica’s Minister for Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Marlene Malahoo Forte, criticized King Charles, saying: “Many Jamaicans had a warm affection and identified with Queen Elizabeth II. When Jamaica became independent, Queen Elizabeth was already on the throne. But they don’t identify with King Charles. It is as alien as it gets to us. Plain and simple.”

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