Prince William’s recent comments on the subject of race have raised the possibility that he may also move to acknowledge the monarchy’s historical relationship with slavery, according to a discussion. newsweek‘s royal report podcast.
Chief royal correspondent Jack Royston and royal commentator Kristen Menzer examine the prince’s most recent address to larger social issues, including a speech given to mark Windrush Day in the UK and sent to fellow US Capitol Police Officer Brian Siknick A personal letter is included. He died after the January 6 riots.
William made a rare politically charged speech during the unveiling of the National Windrush Memorial in London on Wednesday, a tribute to a generation of migrants, mainly from the Caribbean, who were encouraged to help rebuild Britain after World War II went.
A political scandal was uncovered in 2017 in which the UK government wrongly classified large numbers of this generation as illegal immigrants and in some cases deported them.
During his speech, William said that members of this generation had been treated “gravely injustice” by the government and that it “resonates rightly in the UK as well as in many Caribbean communities in the Caribbean.”
He also made explicit reference to the racism faced by many when he arrived in Britain from 1948 to 1973, referring to his and wife Kate Middleton’s March trip to the Caribbean. he said:
“Our visit was an opportunity to reflect, and we learned a lot. Not only about the various issues that matter most to the people of the region, but also about how heavily the past overwhelms the present.
“Sadly, the same is the case for members of the Windrush generation, who were victims of racism when they came here, and discrimination is a very familiar experience for black men and women in the UK in 2022.”
“It is, in many ways, breaking ranks from what the Royals have said in the past,” Meinzer told Royston, “but it is happening a little more often.”
He responded with the point that, “What William has done here is basically to criticize the government and say that the Home Office’s behavior was terribly wrong. So this is an area where you usually get royals.” Don’t expect any family member to come, as it is a criticism of the government’s policy.”
Members of the royal family, known for their traditional position of being politically neutral, have come under fire in the past for appearing partisan in any way.
“We can’t always expect the Royals to keep quiet on things,” Meinzer later suggested.
“Never complain, never explain” thing – maybe sometimes they should complain, they should explain and maybe they should be on the right side of history.
Royston agreed, saying that Britain’s younger generation expects public figures to take a stance.
“It seems that William has withdrawn from that Caribbean tour, has seen how everything went wrong and now he is realizing that as long as he becomes king he is going to be king for that generation. who is growing up now, she has to talk to them because they are going to be their audience.”
This example of William taking a proactive step in addressing racism, both historical and contemporary in Britain, has led some to question whether it means that he is dealing with the trans-Atlantic slave trade with his historical ties to the royal family. You can also deal with unions.
The monarchy’s historical association with slavery dates back to the reign of Elizabeth I, who approved the first recorded British voyage with enslaved Africans as cargo. The Royal African Company was founded in 1660 by the future King James II, who participated in the transport of slaves from Africa to America.
In 1807 King George III signed an act abolishing the slave trade, and in 1834 slavery was abolished in the British-Caribbean.
Until now, royals like William and Prince Charles have addressed slavery in global terms, calling slavery “a stain on our history,” “disgusting” and “should never be.”
However, no clear apology has been received for the role of the monarchy in the enslavement of African men and women or their transportation to the Caribbean.
“After the tour of the Caribbean the press was told that there was going to be a new chapter for the Duke of Cambridge and he was going to do things his own way… so it looks like that’s what we’re seeing,” Royston told Meinzer.
He continued that there is now a “real potential question going forward” asking whether William will proceed as “being able to take responsibility for his own history of the royal family”.
“It would be really explosive if he starts going into his past of the royal family … like the previous monarch I was dating Elizabeth I was involved in slavery.”
Menger concluded by commenting that: “He’s keeping us on our toes and I never thought I’d say that about Prince William.”
To this, Royston offered evidence that the royal’s recent attitude to addressing issues of race may stem from lessons learned during the past year, including disastrous tours of the Caribbean that led to anti-slavery and were met with anti-repair protests.
Royston observed that the prince “clearly took all of this seriously and decided that he needed to put his colors on the mast and show the world that he was on the right side of history.”