Whoopi Goldberg blasts Royal Family and demands apology for slavery

Whoopi Goldberg has called on the British Royal Family to apologise for slavery.

The 66-year-old star has blasted Britain’s historic ties to the slave trade and the empire, and she called on the monarchy to issue an apology amid widespread criticism over its past links.

Appearing on The View this week, she said: ‘Britain ran ram shod over India for years… Let us not forget, when we talk about what needs to happen, all the folks that need to apologise.

‘Listen, this is not new. I suspect Charles, when he was in Barbados, had some idea because he went on and apologised as he was releasing the hold that Britain has.

‘So perhaps somebody is listening, and it’s the new group of folks – I don’t know if it’s Charles, William, but one of them.’

Her comments come after Prince William described the slave trade as ‘abhorrent’ and expressed ‘profound sorrow’, but he did not directly apologise for the Royal Family’s role in it.

Whoopi has hit out at the Royal Family (Picture: ABC)

KINGSTON, JAMAICA - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness watch as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speaks on stage during a dinner hosted by the Governor General of Jamaica at King's House on March 23, 2022 in Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo by Samir Hussein - Pool/WireImage)

Prince William addressed the issue this week but stopped short of apologising (Picture by Samir Hussein/Pool/WireImage)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were met with protests when they arrived in Jamaica, which has ‘already started’ the process of removing the Queen as head of state.

Members of the country’s Rastafarian community accused the royals of benefiting from ‘blood, tears and sweat’ of Jamaican people.

During his speech at a dinner on the fifth day of the couple’s Caribbean tour, William addressed the forced transportation of millions of people from Africa to the Caribbean and North America – a trade British monarchs either supported or profited from during the 17th and 18th centuries.

He echoed past speeches by his father Prince Charles as he referred to the slave trade as an ‘appalling atrocity’ that ‘stains our history’.

However, the future king didn’t offer a direct apology, in a similar way Charles addressed the issue during a recent trip to Barbados.

William said: ‘I strongly agree with my father, the Prince of Wales, who said in Barbados last year that the appalling atrocity of slavery forever stains our history.

‘I want to express my profound sorrow. Slavery was abhorrent. And it should never have happened. While the pain runs deep, Jamaica continues to forge its future with determination, courage and fortitude.

‘The strength and shared sense of purpose of the Jamaican people, represented in your flag and motto, celebrate an invincible spirit.’


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