Prince William and his wife Kate have cancelled a visit planned for this weekend to a cocoa farm in Belize, the first stop on a tour of the Caribbean, because of sensitive issues related to the local population, their services said Saturday.
The couple was supposed to visit this farm located in the village of Indian Creek on Sunday, but this visit was finally cancelled.
We can confirm that due to sensitive issues involving the Indian Creek community, the visit has been moved to another location - further details will be provided in due course, said a Kensington Palace spokeswoman.
According to the Daily Mail, residents of the village of Indian Creek demonstrated on Friday their opposition to the arrival of the couple.
Indian Creek is in open conflict over a disputed property with Flora and Fauna International, a charity of which William is the patron. Residents were also opposed to the landing of the royal couple's helicopter on the village's soccer field, the tabloid reported.
We don't want them to land on our land, that's the message we want to send. They could land anywhere but on our land, said Sebastian Shol, president of the village of Indian Creek, quoted by the Daily Mail.
In addition to Belize, Prince William, second in line to the British throne, and Kate will visit Jamaica and the Bahamas during this week-long official trip starting Saturday and organized on the occasion of the jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrates in 2022 her 70 years of reign.