The Duchess of Cambridge has forced her husband off the road – in the name of testing his driving skills on a simulator.
Kate was in fits of laughter as she created extreme weather, potholes and manipulated lighting levels as William drove a truck used to train young men in Jamaica.
The couple were visiting the Caribbean Military Technical Training Institute near Montego Bay and on the second day their presence in Jamaica sparked protests, with a dozen members of the Jamaican Rastafarian community demanding reparations from the royal family .
Automotive student Oneil Haughton joined the Duchess as she sat in front of a computer screen a few feet from the Duke, putting her in danger.
He said: “She was excited, she was changing her experiences of the weather, changing the time of day – she was enjoying it. She could make it slippery, she could do anything and she loved it, she said it was really good.
The institute houses a program for young men who need guidance in their lives and learn to drive heavy goods vehicles or repair cars in order to concentrate.
Staff Sergeant Dave Morgan, who oversaw William’s driving, said: ‘He did well, he tried to find the gears and coped with the critical weather conditions.
“The Duchess created a strong crosswind and flipped her vehicle – he was laughing.”
The couple met students who gave demonstrations of repairing a car and a separate engine, and they participated in a discussion with the young men and their families about the course.
Major Georgette Grant McDonald, director of the institute, said more than 3,200 young men had been trained since the program began in 2012: “Youth and community engagement is one of the lines of strategic actions of the Jamaica Defense Forces. We see it as a way to change the culture of crime and violence in Jamaica.
“So when we give these young people skill, job readiness, techniques and also positive thinking, it gives them hope, it gives them an option.”
The drums of the protest band could be heard inside the military compound and Ras Iyah V, a prominent member of the Jamaican Rastafari Nyahbinghi community, said of the abolition of slavery: “In 1838, it is said that 20 million pounds were given to the slave masters because they were going to lose their slaves.
“What was given to us as a people during all these years of slavery and colonialism is why we are here.
“We are here to protest against any descendant of the British monarchy coming to Jamaica unwilling to apologize for slavery and colonialism. We can only forgive people who acknowledge that what they did was wrong and who are ready to repair the violation of the wrongs they have committed.
He added: “And today the British monarchy has many African artefacts in its possession – they are still steeped in the wealth that has been extracted from the blood and sweat and tears and lives of our people and we have never been compensated for any form of slavery.
“We have never had an apology from the British monarchy to say they are sorry for slavery and colonialism.”