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Jamaica PM greets Harry with a hug

Jamaica's prime minister, who has set in motion plans to drop the Queen as head of state, has greeted Prince Harry like a long lost son.

Portia Simpson Miller, the newly elected staunchly republican leader, ignored protocol and threw her arms around the royal when he arrived at her official residence for lunch.

Harry's meeting with her had been seen as the most difficult part of the tour in which he is the official representative of his grandmother the Queen.

Since her election victory in December last year Ms Simpson Miller has spoken of her desire to sever the country's official ties with Britain.

In a BBC interview broadcast on Tuesday she also stated she would accept Britain's apology over the evils of slavery.

The politician said that the practice was "wicked and brutal" and no race should have been subjected to it.

The leader of the Caribbean country, which celebrates 50 years of independence from Britain during 2012, also said its people should take "full charge of our destiny" and sever ties with the British monarchy.

Standing on the steps of Devon House the prime minister was waiting for the prince when his car arrived and hugged him more like a mother.

Harry, wearing a beige linen suit, obligingly kissed his host on both cheeks.

The pair, overlooked by a portrait of the Queen, then held hands as they turned to pose for pictures for the waiting press before walking into Devon House, pausing only to admire the sovereign's portrait by the entrance.


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