Loose Women: Kelle Bryan calls for slavery apology from Prince William

The Loose Women panel became rather heated on Monday as Kelle Bryan urged the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to apologise for slavery.

Prince William and Kate embarked on a royal tour of the Caribbean last week that was branded ‘a PR disaster’ and ‘tone deaf’.

The couple were met with protests during the trip and had to cancel visits due to severe backlash.

William used one speech to express his ‘profound sorrow’ for the monarchy’s role in the ‘abhorrent’ slave trade – but critics said it fell short of a full apology.

Echoing these sentiments on Monday’s Loose Women, panelist Kelle said William and Kate ‘missed the mark on several occasions and essentially ‘didn’t read the room’.

‘What we’re looking for is an apology,’ she said. ‘And I know there’s a line about politics, they can’t cross that line, they’re royalty…’

Ruth Langsford jumped in to say that royalty ‘get criticised if they get involved in politics,’ so William ‘couldn’t personally apologise’.

To which Kelle replied: ‘Let’s forget about politics then, let’s say what’s right and wrong. Is slavery right or wrong? It’s wrong.

Kelle said it was not political to admit that slavery is wrong (Picture: ITV)

‘Just have that admission of saying “It’s wrong and we’re sorry for what happened.” That’s actually what we’re looking for, forget about the politics, just say if it’s right or wrong.’

She went on to praise the late Princess Diana for instilling a sense of wrong and right in her sons William and Harry, and for ‘trying to show them what real life is like.’

The singer added that what William said in his later statement was a good start, though still not enough.

‘The words that came out of his mouth were not “I’m sorry,”‘ she said.

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Ruth argued that William would be criticised if he apologised for slavery as it could be seen as political (Picture: ITV)

‘This tour should have been an opportunity to build bridges,’ but while ‘it wasn’t 100% all negative… the way that it was done, tonally it was just off.’

Ruth pointed out that while there were protests, many others had turned up to meet the royals and shake their hands, and a heavily criticised image of the couple being driven around in a jeep was the idea of a Jamaican general, not the monarchy.

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The royal trip was marred by criticism and protests (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)

Kelle accepted that some people were happy to see the visiting couple, but admitted there were parts she ‘felt really cringey watching’.

‘If we’re going to move forward we have to start at a place of accepting what happened, it was wrong. Accepting that, apologising, and then we can move forward.’

Following the trip to Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, Prince William acknowledged the monarchy’s days may be numbered and said the future ‘is for the people to decide upon’.

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The couple cancelled parts of their trip due to protests (Picture: Rex)

In a statement reflecting on the end of the trip, the future king also emphasised that he and Kate were ‘committed to service’ and saw their role as supporting people, ‘not telling them what to do’.

The statement has been interpreted by some as a response to days of criticism the couple faced during their eight-day tour, from accusations Belize locals were not consulted about a royal engagement to calls for slavery reparations from the monarchy in Jamaica.

The duke said in his statement: ‘I know that this tour has brought into even sharper focus questions about the past and the future. In Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas, that future is for the people to decide upon.

‘But we have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with communities in all three countries, understanding more about the issues that matter most to them.

Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV.


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