Whoopi Goldberg has demanded an apology for the slavery of the British royal family.
The 66-year-old actress denounces Britain’s historical ties to the slave trade and the empire, and has demanded an apology from the monarchy after widespread condemnation of the monarchy’s past actions.
“Britain has been leading the ram over India for years,” she claimed in The View this week. When we talk about what needs to be done, don’t forget all the people who need to apologize.
“Hold on, this is nothing new. When Charles was in Barbados I think he had some knowledge, because he wanted to apologize for unleashing Britain.
“Maybe someone is listening and they are the new group of people – I’m not sure if it’s Charles or William, but one of them,” says the narrator.
Her comments come after Prince William described the slave trade as “horrific” and “deeply saddened”, though he did not immediately apologize for the royal family’s role in it.
Protests were welcomed by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their arrival in Jamaica, where the process to remove the Queen from the presidency “has already begun”.
Members of Jamaica’s Rastafari community have accused members of the royal family of profiting from “blood, tears and labor” in the country.
During his lunchtime speech on day five of the couple’s Caribbean vacation, William spoke about the forced displacement of millions of people from Africa to the Caribbean and North America, a practice encouraged or exploited by British rulers in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Echoing the earlier comments of his father Prince Charles, he called the slave trade a “terrible evil” that “pollutes our history.”
However, unlike Charles, who raised the issue during his recent trip to Barbados, the future king offered no direct apology.
“I fully agree with my father, the Prince of Wales, who said in Barbados last year that slavery is a stain on our history that will never be erased,” said William.
“I want to express my sincere condolences. Slavery was despicable. And what should have happened in the first place. Despite the grief, Jamaica continues to build its future with tenacity, resilience and fortitude.”
“The strength of the Jamaican people and their shared purpose, as reflected in your flag and emblem, celebrate an unbreakable spirit.”