Prince William and Kate Middleton brave the rain and face off in Bahamian sloop race


It has been a turbulent Caribbean tour described by some as tone deaf and the royal couple had to rise to even more waves today as the countdown to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s departure begins

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Prince William and Kate Middleton braved the rain and yet more choppy waters to face-off against each other in a dramatic Bahamian sloop race.

The royal couple are sailing towards the conclusion of their Caribbean tour which has at times been a bumpy ride.

The spent much of Friday on Montagu Beach, taking part in one of the country’s first sailing regattas since the start of the pandemic.

Battling for glory on the water at the Bahamas Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta, they went head-to-head to secure a top three podium finish, and got soaked in the heat of battle.

Victorious William took no mercy on his wife’s team as he came out on top but got a pat on the back from Kate when they returned to the dock drenched but smiling.







Kate set sail – but rain, and a defeat, was around the corner
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The Duchess of Cambridge wore a light polo shirt and mink shorts, with some straight-forward white trainers while William kept things formal with a shirt, but couldn’t resist wearing shorts for the sweaty task in front of him.

They were pictured on the yacht appearing to hold a sail up for cover from the rainy weather as the heavens opened.

It comes after William sparked outrage on the turbulent tour over accusations he echoed Britain’s colonist past.

Prince William had previously tried to ease tensions by expressing his “profound sorrow” for Britain’s involvement in slavery.







William’s team clinched glory at the Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta – but he still has battles to win on the tour
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They put the tour’s problems to one side for the wet and wild race, where they were well looked after by the boat’s crews.

Before the contest, the pair took a look at a huge display of freshly caught fish on the shore on the final leg of their Caribbean tour.

Kate was pictured holding a newborn baby hours before during a royal walkabout as the couple continued their protest-hit tour.

Friday marked William and Kate’s first full day in the Bahamas after they spent time in both Belize and Jamaica.







The Duchess of Cambridge was seen in fits of giggles with her crew mates aboard the Ants Nest II
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They paid a visit to a school in the Bahamas despite the torrential downpours, which quickly became a theme of the day.

William and Kate greeted crowds who gathered in Parliament Square before attending the Junkanoo Carnival in Nassau.

Children from across the Bahamian islands dialed in to meet Their Royal Highnesses during an assembly at the school on Friday morning.

Schools in the Bahamas were closed for nearly two years as a result of Covid-19.







They went for a walk before heading to the Royal Nassau Sailing Club
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William and Kate were snapped carrying umbrellas as heavy rain lashed over them upon their arrival.

William quipped: “We seem to have brought the weather with us.”

Kate told the youngsters on Friday: “The pandemic has taken you away from your classrooms and your friends and learning from home has had its challenges.

“That is why it is so wonderful that after nearly two years away, you have recently returned to school and been reunited with your teachers and friends again.”







It never rains but it pours as the royals needed umbrellas at their school visit earlier in the day
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The Duchess of Cambridge added: “One of the hardest things that so many of us found about the pandemic was being separated from the people we love.

“We have rediscovered how important our families are, and just how important our friends are.”

The Duchess added: “We are so thrilled to be here in the Bahamas, a country that made us feel at home as soon as we set foot on its soil.”

The royals’ visit to the region has made for an intense several days, including protests in both Belize and Jamaica.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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