Big foreign media coverage for Prince Harry’s Jamaica visit

JAMAICA has received more than 50 accreditation applications from foreign media for next week’s four-day visit of Prince Harry, The Observer reports.

A Jamaica Tourist Board official confirmed on Monday that 57 applications have come in from media houses. However, he was unable at the time to name the countries and media houses.

It is expected, however, that the majority of the foreign journalists covering the visit will be from Britain where media houses place great emphasis on coverage of the royal family.

Prince Harry, the younger son of The Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, is scheduled to be in Jamaica March 5-8, representing The Queen as part of the international celebrations commemorating the 60th anniversary of her coronation.

During his visit, Prince Harry, who is a captain in the British army, will participate in military exercises with fellow officers at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Up Park Camp base, and co-pilot a JDF helicopter to Trelawny, after which he will visit the Falmouth Pier and renovated Water Square.

In Falmouth, the 27-year-old Prince will stop at William Knibb Baptist Church and pay respect at the memorial erected by the free Jamaicans in honour of the emancipator William Knibb.

Prince Harry will later be treated to a Jamaica Night reception at Sandals Royal Caribbean Hotel in Montego Bay. The evening will showcase Jamaican cuisine and culture.

Other highlights of the visit include a tour of Bustamante Hospital for Children and the Victoria Jubilee Hospital. He will also visit a training session at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Usain Bolt Track where he is expected to race Bolt; listen to a moot debate by students at the UWI, Mona Law Faculty; and visit the non-governmental association, RISE Life.

The governor general will host a dinner at King’s House in honour of the Prince at which Prince Harry is expected to deliver a speech recognising Jamaica’s 50th anniversary as an independent nation.

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