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Prince William speaks of “deep sadness” as he addresses the “disgusting” slave trade during a speech in Jamaica on a royal tour

PRINCE William spoke of his “deep heartache” over the “abhorrent” subject of slavery during a landmark speech in Jamaica.

The Duke of Cambridge39, turned to politicians amid ongoing unrest across the country in the wake of calls for the Royal family to apologize and pay billions of pounds in reparations.

The Duke of Cambridge speaks on stage during a dinner hosted by the Governor General of Jamaica at the King's House

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The Duke of Cambridge speaks on stage during a dinner hosted by the Governor General of Jamaica at the King’s House
Prince William raised the issue of slavery amid ongoing civil unrest in Jamaica

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Prince William raised the issue of slavery amid ongoing civil unrest in JamaicaPhoto credit: Getty
The Duke and Duchess with the Governor General of Jamaica Patrick Allen and his wife Patricia

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The Duke and Duchess with the Governor General of Jamaica Patrick Allen and his wife PatriciaPhoto credit: Reuters

He told guests at the black-tie banquet “it should never have happened,” before echoing his father’s words Prince Charles.

The Duke echoed the words of the Prince of Wales during his speech, who branded the slave trade a “blot on our history” four months ago when the Caribbean neighbor Barbados declared itself a republic.

William also welcomed the “spirit” of the Windrush generation from which he came Jamaica and settled in Britain after the war.

There are claims that Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness will continue the process of landing the Queen as head of state after the current royal visit.

William said last night: “Anniversaries are also a moment for reflection, especially this week with the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

“I wholeheartedly agree with my father, the Prince of Wales, who said Barbados last year that the horrific atrocity of slavery will stain our history forever.

“I want to express my deep sadness. Slavery was abominable. And it should never have happened.

“While the pain runs deep, Jamaica continues to forge its future with determination, courage and steadfastness,” he continued.

“The strength and shared purpose of the Jamaican people represented in your flag and motto celebrates an invincible spirit.

“It’s the same spirit that inspired them gust of wind Generation who came to Britain to help rebuild Second World War.

“We are forever grateful for the immense contribution this generation and their descendants have made to British life, which continues to enrich and improve our society.”

The words come amid growing opposition to the royal family in the Caribbean and a series of organized protests.

Just hours earlier, PM Holness told the prince that Jamaica would “move on” as an “independent, developed, prosperous country”.

The Duke said goodbye with the infamous Bob Marley words “One Love”.

ONE LOVE

Kate and William were previously pictured together on a staircase in a recreation of the Queen and Duke’s visit to Edinburgh in 1953.

In his speech, he commended the Queen, saying: “Her dedication, commitment and sense of duty to the Commonwealth family are deeply admired.

“She may be my real grandmother, but everyone counts her as their grandmother too. And I agree with that!”

The Duke also acknowledged the “big change” in Jamaica and the UK’s condemnation of its prime minister along with Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

He added: “Over the decades, Jamaica has seen great changes.

“But what has not changed is Jamaica’s irrefutable belief in upholding democracy and working with other nations in support of peace, security and international law.

“Prime Minister, your strong statement condemning the invasion of Ukraine is proof of that.”

She may be my real grandmother, but everyone counts her as their grandmother too. And I agree with that!

Prince William

Kate and Wills are currently in Jamaica for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the 60th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence.

The Duke’s landmark speech comes after the Cambridges were forced to call off her first engagement in Belize due to a dispute over indigenous rights.

You should get started their Caribbean tour with a trip to a cocoa farm on Sunday.

But residents in the small village of Indian Creek protested against the trip, calling it “colonialism” and a “slap in the face”.

Villagers are said to have been particularly outraged that the Cambridges were allowed to land their helicopter on the village football ground without permission.

Williams’ sad words come after Prince Charles branded slavery in Ghana a “appalling atrocity” in November 2018.

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He said: “The appalling atrocity of the slave trade and the unimaginable suffering it caused has left an indelible mark on the history of our world.”

He then admitted slavery had been a “dark spot” on Britain as he congratulated Barbados on becoming a republic in December.

Kate and Wills attended the black tie banquet with Jamaican politicians

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Kate and Wills attended the black tie banquet with Jamaican politiciansPhoto credit: Getty

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