Prince William is deeply saddened by the legacy of slavery on Britain.

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Prince William has made his feelings known “profound sorrow”The Royal Tour of the Caribbean featured a landmark speech highlighting the effects of slavery on Britain.

The Duke of Cambridge declared that he “strongly agreed” with his father Prince Charles’s previous declaration that Britain is forever stained by its role in the global slave trade.

The future king William is currently on an eight day tour with his wife Kate in the region. “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.”

Amid impassioned protests on Tuesday in the capital Kingston just hours before William and Kate touched down on the Caribbean island, the Duke chose to address calls for the royal family to acknowledge Britain’s shameful history.

But the second in line to the throne stopped short of fulfilling demands for him to issue an apology for the monarchy’s role in sanctioning the transfer of thousands of black slaves from their homelands in the Caribbean and across Africa.

At King’s House’s black tie dinner, William addressed an audience. Andrew Holness was the Governor General of Jamaica and had earlier informed the Duke & Duchess of Jamaica how the island country is. “moving on”From centuries of British rule.

William also spoke out in support of the terrible conflict that is raging in Ukraine due to the ongoing Russian invasion. He said, “We must not forget the…” “terrifying toll and inequality of war and conflicts across the world”.

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The Duke stated: “Over the decades, Jamaica has witnessed huge change.

“But what hasn’t changed is the irrefutable Jamaican belief in upholding democracy and working together with other nations in support of peace, security and international law.

“Prime Minister, your strong statement condemning the invasion of Ukraine is testament to that.

“Catherine and I were deeply moved by the plight of the Jamaican students who have recently returned safely from Ukraine.

“Their experiences are a reminder of the terrifying toll and inequality of war and conflicts across the world, which we must never forget.

“Anniversaries are also a moment for reflection, particularly this week with the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

“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.”

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Charles acknowledged Barbados as a republic in November after it was established under British rule for centuries. “appalling atrocity of slavery”According to the slave trade, “from the darkest days of our past…which forever stains our history”.

William spoke about the pain that Jamaicans experienced, but also praised their resilience throughout their history. He also paid tribute to the Windrush generation.

He also added: “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.

“It is this same spirit that spurred on the Windrush generation, who came to the United Kingdom to help rebuild after the Second World War.

“We are forever grateful for the immense contribution that this generation and their descendants have made to British life, which continues to enrich and improve our society.

“I’m delighted that a national monument acknowledging and celebrating the Windrush generation by Jamaican artist, Basil Watson, will be unveiled later this year in Waterloo Station in London.”

William explained that Kate and he were on their first trip to Jamaica. They had experienced warmth in Trench Town on Tuesday, when they visited Bob Marley’s birthplace.

He also said they “deeply admired”The dedication and commitment shown by the Jamaican Defence Force.

William added: “Catherine and I only wish we had more time to spend with you all in Jamaica.

“There is so much more to learn.

“I hope this will be one of many visits.

“And next time we’d love to bring our children too.”

As part of William and Kate’s tour, in part to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year, William passed on his grandmother’s wishes and said he had been touched upon hearing from locals of their affection for Her Majesty, adding how she was considered everyone’s grandmother.

He stated: “Catherine and I are very pleased to be here on our first official visit to Jamaica.

“All my family have enjoyed their visits here so much. They have waxed lyrical about the warmth and sense of fun of the Jamaican people and the beauty of this island.

“Already in our short time here, Catherine and I are delighted to have felt what Bob Marley described so many years ago – the spirit of ‘One love’ that Jamaica has given to the world and which makes this country so special.

“I’m particularly pleased tonight to convey the very best wishes from my grandmother, The Queen of Jamaica, on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee.

“It is no secret that The Queen has a deep affection for Jamaica, forged on her very first visit here with my grandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh, in 1953.

“And likewise I have been touched to hear today from Jamaicans, young and old, about their affection for The Queen.

“Her dedication, commitment, and sense of duty to the Commonwealth family is deeply admired.

“She may be my actual grandmother, but everyone counts her as their grandmother too. And I’m ok with that!

“And of course, as The Queen marks seventy years on the throne, this is also a very special year for Jamaica, as you celebrate your sixtieth anniversary of independence.

“Now that’s double the excuse for a party!”

Closing his speech William chose a line from one of Bob Marley’s most famous songs, saying: “One Love”.