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A legacy of inheritance and class division

King Charles III and Queen Camilla greet the crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the coronation ceremony on May 6 (Photograph by Frank Augstein/AP)

Following on yesterday’s opinion from Jonathan Starling (The Royal Gazette, May 9, 2023), I want to share a couple of my thoughts.

I have always considered the late Queen Elizabeth to be the beneficiary of ill-gotten gains. I have asked who of her forebears worked hard for the wealth the Royal Family possess.

When you see the heavily rich crowns, etc, my question is how were they acquired?

I don’t hear of any charity work; I am thinking about financial donations.

Then I think of the origins of class divisions. As I see it, class divisions are no less harmful than racial discrimination. Then we think of how the practice of division has been exported throughout the Commonwealth.

I think of Jamaica, a land I love, with its entrenched class divisions. What I find interesting there is how the ones who have brought fame, renown and excitement from the wider world are people who would be considered lower-class. The colourful talents of Usain Bolt or Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce or Bob Marley or Sean Paul or any of the host of musicians and singers that have enriched the culture of the world.

My thought is that it is the excitement around those talents that draws such a huge number of visitors to their island. I often say that Bermuda would be so happy to have a fraction of those heavy numbers of repeat visitors.



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Published May 22, 2023 at 7:57 am (Updated May 22, 2023 at 7:36 am)

A legacy of inheritance and class division

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