JAMAICA'S PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller has described the visit of Prince Harry to Jamaica as "very important".
Prince Harry arrived in the country on Monday for a four-day visit. He is representing his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who is celebrating her 60th year on the British throne.
"The fact that we are celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, I think it is very important," Simpson Miller told journalists yesterday.
She noted that the Queen has visited the country on six occasions and said, "I think that Harry's coming is welcomed".
The visit of the prince comes five months before Jamaica celebrates its 50th anniversary as an independent nation. At her swearing-in in January, Simpson Miller said that as a grand Independence gift to the country, her Administration would move to replace the Queen as Jamaica's head of state.