COP26: Prince Charles stumbles as he walks onto stage
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Prime Minister Mia Mottley appeared to be checking her phone as Prince Charles walked up to deliver his keynote speech on the opening day of the climate change summit in Glasgow. As the Prince of Wales was invited onto the COP26 stage the crowd erupted in a warm round of applause as music played in the background. But in a very public shunning the Bajan Prime Minister, wearing a white outfit, could be seen refusing to clap as she pulled out her phone.
She appeared to keep her eyes locked on her screen as the Prince made his way to the stage as delegates clapped the future King.
Moments later Prince Charles tripped and almost fell over on the stairs as he endured a horrible moment seconds before his speech.
The snubbing follows Ms Mottley’s country’s decision to bin off Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and install a republic.
On November 30, a day also marking Barbados’ 55th independence anniversary, the Caribbean country will officially become a republic.
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But the Caribbean nation will, however, will remain within the Commonwealth.
The Governor-General of Barbados, who will become the country’s next President, Dame Sandra Mason, announced last September the nation’s intention to cut all ties with the Crown in the UK and appoint a Barbadian head of state.
At the time Buckingham Palace said the decision was “a matter for the Government and people of Barbados” as they distanced themself from the decisions of the Bajan people.
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But over the past 13-months, the Caribbean nation has moved quickly to scrap the royal legacy in the country.
In September, the Parliament of the country unanimously approved a constitutional reform establishing that Barbadians should swear allegiance to their country and the continuity of its institutions rather than to the Queen of England.
Then last month Bajans elected country elected future president Dame Sandra who from November 30 will stop representing the Queen and replace her as head of state.
Ms Mottley was handed a key role at Monday’s conference due to the threat of rising sea levels faced not only in Barbados but across the whole of the Caribbean.
In a powerful speech she urged COP26 leaders: “We do not want that dreaded death sentence and we’ve come here today to say ‘try harder, try harder’.”
While Prince Charles used his speech to warn that the world is on a “war footing” and urged world leaders to stop arguing and work together in the face of this existential threat.
The Royal continued, adding: “I know you all carry a heavy burden on your shoulders and you do not need me to tell you the eyes and hopes of the world are upon you.”
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