On Wednesday, March 23, during a dinner at the official residence of the Governor-General of Jamaica at King’s House, Prince William gave an emotional speech and acknowledged the British’s role in slavery to the country.
“I want to express my profound sorrow. Slavery was abhorrent. And it should never have happened”. He also added “While the pain runs deep, Jamaica continues to forge its future with determination, courage and fortitude. The strength and shared sense of purpose of the Jamaican people, represented in your flag and motto, celebrate an invincible spirit”.
The Duke of Cambridge referred to the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade which is observed on March 25 of every year to commemorate the memory of the victims. He indicated that he sympathized with the words of his father, Charles, the Prince of Wales in which he had stated in his visit to Barbados last year, “the appalling atrocity of slavery forever stains our history”.
This admission by Prince William is following an announcement that was made during a courtesy call at Jamaica House by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on March 23, where he informed the Royals of the country’s plan to remove the Queen as head of state and become a Republic.
Today, March 24, the Royal couple departed Jamaica to the Bahamas after attending the inaugural commissioning parade for the Caribbean Military Academy.
The Bahamas will be the last stop for Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton for their 8-day tour of Caribbean islands in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Check out his speech below.