Prince Charles speaks of ‘own personal sorrow’ in Anti-slavery speech (2/2)
In a recent speech to Commonwealth leadership, Charles spoke about the mistakes of Britain’s past, and how the Commonwealth can help right the wrongs.
“As challenging as that conversation can be, people across Canada are approaching it with courage and unwavering commitment; determined to lay a foundation of respect and understanding upon which a better future can be built.
“It seems to me that there are lessons in this for our Commonwealth family.
“For while we strive together for peace, prosperity and democracy I want to acknowledge that the roots of our contemporary association run deep into the most painful period of our history.
“I cannot describe the depths of my personal sorrow at the suffering of so many, as I continue to deepen my own understanding of slavery’s enduring impact.
“If we are to forge a common future that benefits all our citizens, we too must find new ways to acknowledge our past. Quite simply, this is a conversation whose time has come.”
Charles also told the summit it is “a matter for each member to decide” if they wish to become a republic.
He said: “The benefit of long life brings me the experience that arrangements such as these can change, calmly and without rancour.”
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