Inside Harry and Meghan’s trip to Jamaica: As Sussexes court Hollywood power brokers, how they flew in on Paramount jet and stayed at luxury resort that costs up to $4,300 near Studio CEO’s home

The widow of reggae legend Bob Marley praised Prince Harry’s rebellious spirit and described him as ‘fearless’ after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex waded into a political firestorm by hanging out with Jamaica’s anti-royalist prime minister at the premiere of a new biopic about her husband.

MailOnline can reveal the Duke made a beeline for Rita Marley, 77, who is in poor health and is in a wheelchair, boldly kissing her hand shortly before the ‘One Love’ film began.

Her daughter Stephanie, 49, said: ‘She (my mum) loves Harry and loves his spirit as well as his rebellion against the status quo.

“She likes that he seems fearless and stands up for what he believes is right.”

The Sussexes have been criticized for posing on the red carpet with Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who has been accused of ‘ambushing’ Prince William and wife Kate during a state visit in 2022 when he told them she country will ‘move on’ from the British monarchy.

Prince Harry meets Rita Marley at the premiere of Bob Marley: One Love at the Carib 5 Theater on Tuesday in Kingston, Jamaica

Prince Harry meets Rita Marley at the premiere of Bob Marley: One Love at the Carib 5 Theater on Tuesday in Kingston, Jamaica

Harry and Meghan at One Love premiere in Kingston, Jamaica with Marlene Malahoo Forte, Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs of Jamaica

Harry and Meghan at One Love premiere in Kingston, Jamaica with Marlene Malahoo Forte, Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs of Jamaica

Bob Marley and wife Rita Marley at The Daisy in Beverly Hills, California on July 26, 1978

Bob Marley and wife Rita Marley at The Daisy in Beverly Hills, California on July 26, 1978

The former British colony gained independence in 1962 but has retained the king as head of state, something Mr Holness has pledged to end by 2025.

Mrs. Marley first met Harry during his visit to Jamaica for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and the pair have remained in regular contact with the Duke sending her ‘personal gifts’.

Only a handful of high-ranking Jamaican officials are understood to have been aware of the trip, which was paid for by film studio Paramount Pictures.

The night before last Tuesday’s premiere, island sources said the Sussexes stayed overnight at the five-star Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, where four-bedroom villas cost $4,300 a night.

The Mail was told Harry and Meghan stayed in the luxury ‘Eclipse’ section of the property which has its own private beach, swimming pool and security, making it exclusive even within the lavish resort.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance at the world premiere of Bob Marley: One Love in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance at the world premiere of Bob Marley: One Love in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance at the world premiere of Bob Marley: One Love in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance at the world premiere of Bob Marley: One Love in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the premiere of Bob Marley: One Love at the Carib 5 Theater in Kingston, Jamaica

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the premiere of Bob Marley: One Love at the Carib 5 Theater in Kingston, Jamaica

Past guests have included the Kennedy family and royalty, including King Charles and the late Queen.

From there the group moved to Kingston where they enjoyed a private tour of the Bob Marley Museum on Tuesday.

Bob Marley Group’s lawyer Lecia-Gaye Taylor said the group spent an hour in the exhibit.

“It wasn’t Harry’s first time here and they certainly enjoyed it,” she said.

The tour was led by one of the longest serving guides at the museum, Ricky Chaplin, who has a role in the movie playing Marley’s spiritual guide, Mortimer Planno.

After Tuesday’s premiere, Harry and Meghan joined 60 revelers at an ‘after party’ at the five-star Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.

Sources say the Sussexes were in ‘high spirits’ and looked relaxed as they enjoyed cocktails at the bar which was closed to other guests.

The Sussexes flew nearly 2,500 miles from their home in Montecito to Montego Bay last Sunday aboard a private Gulfstream IV jet chartered by the film company last weekend.

Paramount CEO Brian Robbins and his fashion designer wife Tracy are friends of the couple and own a $17 million weekend home in Montecito, a stone’s throw from the Sussexes’ 16-bathroom mansion.

Mr Robbins, a former child star, also owns a $25 million home in Beverly Hills and is considered one of Hollywood’s most powerful men.

A source said: ‘Brian bought his first house in Montecito from Ellen DeGeneres who is close to Harry and Meghan. Montecito is a small town and everyone knows each other. Tracy is a doll, a wonderful woman who is down to earth despite so much wealth and privilege. She is incredibly discreet.’

Ironically, Paramount owns the Comedy Central channel that aired the brutal South Park episode that mocked Harry and Meghan for their ‘worldwide privacy tour’.

A clip showing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex taking their seats at the premiere of the Bob Marley: One Love biopic has surfaced.  The clip appears to show Harry, 39, looking slightly downcast as he moves to his seat and follows his wife

A clip showing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex taking their seats at the premiere of the Bob Marley: One Love biopic has surfaced. The clip appears to show Harry, 39, looking slightly downcast as he moves to his seat and follows his wife

They flew home to California on Wednesday aboard a Bombardier BD-700 private jet owned by Paramount.

The couple’s ‘closeness’ to the head of Paramount, Mr. Robbins, along with Harry’s appearance at last week’s ‘Living Legends of Aviation’ awards alongside Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, sparked speculation that they may look for other outlets when their $100 million deal with Netflix expires next year.

A source said: ‘It’s no coincidence that Prince Harry has been with two of Hollywood’s biggest power brokers in the past two weeks.

“Everyone knows that the Netflix deal is coming to an end and Harry and Meghan have big bills to pay.

‘They knew this trip to Jamaica would play well with the audience they were trying to appeal to, which is young and diverse.

‘I don’t think they give a damn what the British think.

“It’s all about building their brand.”

A senior US Democratic Party source said the optics of this week’s visit would be good for Meghan, who is known to have political ambitions.

“It’s an election year and Meghan will be actively involved in the anti-Trump campaign.

“This week made her look cool and relevant.”

The Sussexes have warm ties to Jamaica in stark contrast to the Prince and Princess of Wales who were accused of looking ‘colonial’ during their 2022 state visit as they drove past locals in an open-top Land Rover and shook hands with well-wishers through a metal fence.

When asked why he chose to attend Tuesday’s premiere, Harry replied: “I had to be here.”

Ex-Suits actress Meghan enjoyed childhood holidays in Jamaica and married her first husband Trevor Engelson on the island in 2011.

Prince Harry and Bob Marley's son Ziggy Marley at the premiere of Bob Marley: One Love

Prince Harry and Bob Marley’s son Ziggy Marley at the premiere of Bob Marley: One Love

Her estranged father, Thomas, told the MoS how he proudly walked her down the aisle at the beach wedding, but was later shocked when guests gave jute bags full of cannabis as party favours.

While this week’s visit caused consternation in the UK – renewed calls for the Sussexes to be stripped of their royal titles – in Jamaica it served to draw attention to next year’s referendum which will include a vote on a claim for compensation for Britain’s involvement in the slave trade.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister, Mr. Holness, said: ‘Jamaica is in the midst of a constitutional reform process. We’ll let it take its course.’

Dr. Rosalea Hamilton, an activist who organized protests during William and Kate’s visit in 2022, said Harry and Meghan were a sideshow to the deeper issues.

She said: ‘To me, their presence and being part of this conversation is a distraction from the core issues we face, such as what exactly these reforms will look like. That’s the focus.’

Olivia Grange, Jamaica’s culture minister, said it “speaks volumes” about Harry and Meghan’s love for the country that they had come such a long way to attend the ‘One Love’ premiere.

Asked why they received a warmer reception than William and Kate, Ms Grange said the answer was simple: ‘Jamaicans love them.’