The Prince of Wales considered slavery a “terrible atrocity that stained our history” when Barbados became a republic.
Charles gave a landmark speech acknowledged Britain’s colonial past when the Royal Standard was finally lowered in the Caribbean.
Exactly 55 years after the country gained its independence from Britain, he said: “From the darkest days of our past, and the terrible brutality of slavery, which forever dyes history Our people, the people of this island have forged their way with extraordinary resilience.
“Liberation, self-governance and independence are your paths.
“Freedom, justice, and self-determination are your guides.
“Your long journey has brought you to this point, not as your destination, but as a vantage point from which to survey a new horizon.”
The address has been tracked by Rihanna, who took her place just three minutes before Charles started speaking.
The star, wearing a gorgeous floor-length orange dress, entered the VIP area an hour after the carnival began – missing the 12 chimes of the midnight parliament tower bells signaling the start of the community. peace.
She was later awarded the National Heroic Medal of Barbados by the island’s prime minister, Mia Mottley, before shaking hands with Charles.
Black Lives Matter protesters have protested against the royal’s attendance at the midnight party, demanding that the Royal apologize to British slaves and urge the Queen to compensate.
But the prince was given a warm welcome and spent two hours at the ceremony before leaving at 1:30am.
The monarch wrote a letter to the island’s first president, Dame Sandra Mason.
Only invited guests were allowed to attend the celebration amid Covid restrictions, although the ceremony was shown on television.
Barbados has been known as ‘little Britain’ for decades, but constitutional changes have been introduced by Ms Mottley’s Labor Party, which three years ago won 29 of the island’s 30 seats. Island.
It will remain part of the Commonwealth of Nations.
The people of this island have forged their way with extraordinary resilience
Mrs Mottley last year supported Prince Harry when he caused controversy when it declared that the Commonwealth should “correct past mistakes”.
Charles’ speech came in the midst of a difficult week for the family.
He has refutes bombshell claims that he is a “royal racist” After the accusations, he asked about the color of her skin Prince Harry and MeghanHer unborn son was published in an explosive US book.
The allegations are contained in the book Brothers And Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan by Christopher Andersen.
She is said to have been “a bit taken aback” and replied, “Wow, absolutely gorgeous, I’m sure.”
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It is claimed Charles then lowered his voice and asked: “I mean, what do you think their baby’s skin could be like?”
The prince’s aides have dismissed the claims as “fictitious” and said they are “not worthy of further comment.”
Meanwhile, episode two of the controversial BBC documentary The Princes and The Press has aired.
In the program, Meghan’s lawyer denies the duchess ever bullied her staff – but insists: “She wouldn’t want to deny anyone’s personal experience.”
Schillings’ Jenny Afia addresses claims Meg inflicted “emotional cruelty” on employees and “fired them out”.
Speaking to host Amol Rajan, she insisted there was “major inaccuracy” in the story.
She said: “A lot of inaccuracies in that story
“The overall allegation is that the Duchess of Sussex committed bullying. Absolutely not.”
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