Royals are being asked to pay reparations for slavery after Prince Charles edited Britain’s leading black newspaper

Royals are being asked to pay reparations for slavery after Prince Charles edited the country’s leading black newspaper

  • Prince Charles was “guest editor” for the September issue of The Voice newspaper.
  • Paper said its involvement “elicited a flood of criticism” from readers.
  • Criticism he failed to acknowledge of Sussex’s recent claims of racism
  • Language editor Lester Holloway said the royal family ‘didn’t apologize for slavery’

Britain’s leading black newspaper has called on the royal family to apologize and pay slavery reparations after readers faced backlash over their decision to let Prince Charles “guest-edit” an issue.

The heir to the throne took over the September issue of The Voice, praising Bob Marley in a personally written editorial and including interviews with Baroness Doreen Lawrence, actor Idris Elba and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, with whom he has worked closely on issues including climate has change.

But The Independent newspaper revealed yesterday that the decision to allow a royal involvement had “unleashed a torrent of criticism” from readers.

Some felt it was hypocritical of the prince to discuss race relations issues and praise the achievements of Britain’s black community without acknowledging Harry and Meghan’s recent claims of royal racism.

One was quoted as saying it was “a joke”. The newspaper quoted another saying: “When I hear the reason why The Voice chose Prince Charles as guest editor, I’m still disappointed.

The Voice's decision to allow royal involvement in its September issue (pictured) prompted

The Voice’s decision to allow royal involvement in its September issue (pictured) prompted “a barrage of criticism” from readers. A spokesman for the newspaper said reparations were “a key requirement” of all institutions that “participated in or benefited from” slavery

“Until the royal family recognizes their role in the slave trade, accounts and pays reparations, we don’t need to hear from them in a black paper.”

A spokesperson for The Voice said: “We recognize the strong feelings some of our readers have towards this issue and the diverse views within the community.

“We agreed to work with the Prince of Wales after looking at his work on racial equality 40 years from now and the parallels to our campaigns over the same period.

“The issue we are publishing addresses important issues such as reparations and black empowerment, told through the eyes of prominent and respected figures in the community.

“An apology and redress for the enslavement of Africans remains a key demand of all institutions that were involved or benefited from it.”

The monthly’s editor, Lester Holloway, told BBC London: “All the institutions involved in the historic horrors of colonialism, including the Royal Family, have made no apology for slavery and what we have are expressions of personal regret, that’s absolutely not good enough.’

Prince Charles (pictured March 2020) said he was

Prince Charles (pictured March 2020) said he was “so touched” when asked to edit the paper. But some readers felt it was hypocritical of the prince to discuss race relations issues and praise the achievements of Britain’s black community without acknowledging Harry and Meghan’s recent claims of royal racism

The Prince’s guest editor celebrated many achievements by the black community over those four decades and, Clarence House said, “describes HRH’s longstanding association with black leaders, which has resulted in the Prince’s charities providing ongoing support to the community in many areas.”

Charles himself was “so touched” when asked to edit the newspaper, saying he’s always found Britain’s black communities “a great source of inspiration”.

In an interview with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey in March last year, the Duchess of Sussex said there had been “several conversations” between her, Harry and members of the royal family about “how dark” their baby could be before son Archie is born.

After the interview, Prince William insisted the royals are “very much a non-racist family”.

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Andrew Kugle

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