The Queen turns to the Royal Family after Prince William and Kate’s visit to the Caribbean

The Queen is turning to loyal royals like Sophie Wessex and Princess Anne to bolster the image of the monarchy following William and Kate’s Caribbean tour, a royal branding expert has claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge An intense eight-day tour around Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas saw the couple face backlash after encountering tensions in Caribbean countries.

Their journey was plagued by public relations gaffes and protests against British colonialism, leading to the company being branded “deaf” to modern sensibilities.

Following the criticism, Her Majesty is said to be turning to ‘relatively scandal-free and non-scandalous’ royals to drum up support for the Royal Family ahead of the Platinum Jubilee.

Royal branding expert Cele Otnes has claimed that after failing to generate ‘fervor’ for the monarchy, the Queen trusted her children to ‘help her fulfill her roles and generate enthusiasm for the Jubilee”.

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The Queen is increasingly relying on “loyal royals” like Sophie Wessex to boost the image of the monarchy, according to a royal branding expert. Her Majesty is pictured with the Countess of Wessex at Ascot in 2019

To celebrate the Queen's historic 70 years on the throne, the Princess Royal recently made an official visit to Sydney and Papua New Guinea, where Her Majesty is still Head of State.  She is pictured with her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence in Papua New Guinea

To celebrate the Queen’s historic 70 years on the throne, the Princess Royal recently made an official visit to Sydney and Papua New Guinea, where Her Majesty is still Head of State. She is pictured with her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence in Papua New Guinea

The Cambridges endured a less-than-smooth tour of the Caribbean – with the use of a Land Rover in Jamaica meant to pay homage to the Queen's unique mode of touring… but it was branded 'deaf' and a 'back in time'. back

The Cambridges endured a less-than-smooth tour of the Caribbean – with the use of a Land Rover in Jamaica meant to pay homage to the Queen’s unique mode of touring… but it was branded ‘deaf’ and a ‘back in time’. back”

“The Wessexes, along with Princess Anne and her family, have been relatively free of scandal and missteps,” she told the Express. ‘

And it is significant that they visit the Caribbean so soon after William and Kate.

“I think it shows some self-confidence on the Queen’s part.”

Despite being five years past the official retirement age, Princess Anne is one of the hardest-working members of the royal family every year.

To celebrate the Queen’s historic 70 years on the throne, the Princess Royal recently made an official visit to Sydney and Papua New Guinea, where Her Majesty is still Head of State.

Anne, 71, who was traveling with her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, 67, impressed royal aides with her sense of duty, completing 20 engagements in just four days.

The Duchess of Cambridge greets children during a visit to Trench Town on day four of the Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of the Caribbean in March this year

The Duchess of Cambridge greets children during a visit to Trench Town on day four of the Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of the Caribbean in March this year

Meanwhile, the Earl and Countess of Wessex will visit Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for a week later this month.

Sophie, who has admitted to being the Queen’s favorite royal, will be traveling with her husband Prince Edward and is said to be keen to learn from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s ‘missteps’ on their trip to the Caribbean.

Writing in The Telegraph, royal journalist Victoria Ward said: ‘Palace officials desperate to avoid further PR pitfalls have carefully considered the Wessex’s itinerary ahead of their tour later this month to Antigua and -Barbuda, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Anne, 71, who was traveling with her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, 67, impressed royal aides with her sense of duty, completing 20 engagements in just four days.  She is pictured after arriving at Jackson International Airport in Papua New Guinea on Monday

Anne, 71, who was traveling with her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, 67, impressed royal aides with her sense of duty, completing 20 engagements in just four days. She is pictured after arriving at Jackson International Airport in Papua New Guinea on Monday

The Princess Royal addressing the opening ceremony of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales Bicentennial Sydney Royal Easter Show last Saturday

The Princess Royal addressing the opening ceremony of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales Bicentennial Sydney Royal Easter Show last Saturday

‘While the Wessex will certainly want to ensure the focus remains on the Queen’s historic seven-decade reign, any potential plans to echo their moves in Grenada by waving to the crowds in an open-top car, as Her Majesty and Prince Philip did on their first visit to the country in 1966, will have been quietly abandoned.

The Duke and Duchess were called upon to issue a public apology for slavery during the eight-day tour, with a barrage of criticism ranging from accusations that the people of Belize were not consulted about a royal commitment to calls for reparations for slavery from the monarchy in Jamaica.

The scrutiny came to a head when Prince William released an unprecedented end-of-tour statement addressing growing Republican sentiment in all three countries – acknowledging that it had ‘brought to light even sharper questions about the past and the future ”.

Following criticism of the “colonial era” optics of their tour, many have called for an end to similar trips abroad by members of the royal family.

The Sunday Times Royal Editor Roya Nikkhah believes the tour has sparked an overhaul of the way the Royal Family plans overseas visits in the future.

Sophie is widely recognized as the Queen's favorite royal and is said to be keen to learn of Prince William and Kate Middleton's 'missteps' during their trip to the Caribbean.

Sophie is widely recognized as the Queen’s favorite royal and is said to be keen to learn of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s ‘missteps’ during their trip to the Caribbean.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will visit Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for a week later this month.  They are pictured at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in 2020

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will visit Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for a week later this month. They are pictured at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in 2020

Speaking on the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme, she said: “I think it will definitely [spark a rethink] and to be honest, I think that thinking started before this tour started because I know William thought a lot about how to approach certain things.

“There have obviously been some missteps. We had this extraordinary statement from him on Saturday night that he’s taking it on the chin and he kind of wants to see things differently.

Asked if she thinks there will be less overseas travel in the future, she added: “I think that’s absolutely true and it’s really a legacy, I guess, of the Queen who has been at the helm of the Commonwealth for so long and who is the greatest, most traveled monarch of the modern age.

“I think we’ll see less touring, to places where I think younger royals feel they can have more impact and it’s not just about going there because ‘they feel they have to do it.”

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