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Whoopi Goldberg has come out in support of Jamaican protests against the British royals. Image via Twitter @PopCrave

Whoopi Goldberg demands apology from royals over slave trade

‘Let us not forget’: Whoopi Goldberg has echoed the views of Jamaican protesters about the British royals’ ‘role in the slave trade’.

Whoopi Golberg

Whoopi Goldberg has come out in support of Jamaican protests against the British royals. Image via Twitter @PopCrave

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently on a week-long tour of the Caribbean to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne. Sadly for them, Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, were met by protesters in Jamaica who demanded an apology for the royal family’s role in the slave trade. 

American talk show host and veteran actress Whoopi Goldberg has echoed these views, saying: “Let us not forget”.

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On Sunday 20 March, the Advocates Network penned a letter to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, titled “Why not just say you are sorry?”

A portion of the letter reads: “We see no reason to celebrate 70 years of the ascension of your grandmother to the British throne, because her leadership and that of her predecessors, have perpetuated the greatest human rights tragedy in the history of humankind.”

“We are of the view that an apology for British crimes against humanity, including but not limited to, the exploitation of the indigenous people of Jamaica, the transatlantic trafficking of Africans, the enslavement of Africans, indentureship and colonialisation, is necessary to begin a process of healing, forgiveness, reconciliation and compensation.”


The talk show hosts on The View discussed the protests in Jamaica on Thursday 24 March, with Sunny Hostin and Whoopi Goldberg leading the conversation. Hostin said the royals “rarely speak about how they got their wealth off the backs of black people”. 

“While slavery was abolished in Britain in 1834, they took out a loan, a $21 billion (R305.5 billion) loan so that they could pay slave owners back. They took out that loan to pay back slave owners and to pay back slave traders, but not families of the enslaved,” added Hostin.

Whoopi Goldberg added to the conversation saying: “When we are talking about people of colour in Britain, we are talking about not just black people, but people of Indian descent. We are talking about a myriad of people.”

“Let us not forget, when we talk about what needs to happen, all the folks need to apologise.”

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Taking to Twitter, several tweeps agreed with Whoopi Goldberg and the Advocate Network’s views. 

One tweep wrote: “One bright spot this week is seeing all the protests of the Royal visit to Jamaica and the amazing organising on the ground around a new model of governance and independence for our little island in the sun.”

“Jamaica telling the British Royals to come around only after they paid reparations is the best thing to happen in 2022,” wrote another tweep.