Royal Family ‘must pay reparations’ and ‘apologise’ to Barbados over colonial profit

Royal family urged to apologise to Barbados for colonial profit

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Barbados became a republic this week as Prince Charles acknowledged the terrible impact the slave trade had on the country as he attended a ceremony in the capital, Bridgetown. But slavery reparation campaigners have redoubled efforts to hold the Royal Family to account following their involvement with slavery and demanded they apologise and pay reparations. General Secretary of the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration, David Denny, organised several cancelled demos against Prince Charles and demanded an apology from him in a fiery takedown.

Speaking to ITV’s royal editor, Chris Ship, Mr Denny was asked whether Prince Charles should be in Barbados to attend the republic transition.

Mr Denny bluntly replied “No” before explaining why he was not welcome.

He explained: “The Royal Family benefitted financially in a very big way from slavery.

“So that is the first thing your Royal Family must do is apologise to the people of Barbados.

“And then they must also pay reparations for the damage that was done on African people.

Barbados became the world’s latest republic this week after they removed Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.

The new president, Dame Sandra Mason, was elected last month and was sworn in on November 30 to be the new head of state.

Prince Charles was in attendance at the overnight ceremony and delivered a speech acknowledging the “appalling atrocity of slavery” Barbados was victim to.

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Prince Charles attended as a guest of honour and was awarded the Order of Freedom of Barbados by Dame Sandra.

The Prince of Wales also witnessed a final salute to the Royal Family with the Royal Standard Flag being lowered and replaced.

Barbados will still remain part of the Commonwealth after the Government chose to become a republic in 2020.

The Queen sent her “warmest good wishes” for “happiness, peace and prosperity in the future”.

The new president said in a speech: “Vessel Republic Barbados has set sail on her maiden voyage.

“May she weather all storms and land our country and citizens safely on the horizons and shores which are ahead of us.”

The republic movement has been bubbling in Barbados following several groups highlighting England’s hand in the slave trade.

Several slavery reparation protests were due to be held against Prince Charles as he gave his speech but were forced to cancel by the Barbados Government.

The Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration and the 13th June 1980 Group were due to protest in Bridgetown on Monday during the ceremony, according to the Independent.

Barbados was one of England’s first slave colonies with slavery abolished in 1834.

However, the Royal Family has come under attack for its role in the slave trade as associates and relatives of the institution were paid reparations whereas slaves were not.

Barbados become fully independent in 1966 with campaigners demanding the Royal Family apologise and compensate the country.

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