Lucy Worsley, television historian, is investigating royal residences and their connection to Britain’s historic slave trade. One of the many iconic buildings under investigation is William and Kate, the home of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kensington Palace. It follows the National Trust leading a similar exercise in the history of royal buildings.
With Kensington Palace, the Tower of London et Hampton Court.
She added: “Everything that has to do with the Stuarts is going to contain an element of silver derived from slavery.
“Queen Anne is really interesting because there is a point of view of her, which is that she brought the nation together and was successful.
“There’s another point of view, is that she made it the most successful slave trading nation in the world and it was just a gathering if you were a white, well-off guy.”
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The BBC documentarian’s new investigation was sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement and follows a National Trust report into Britain’s historic ties to the slave trade.
Their report suggested that a third of its holdings were linked to money generated by trade between the 17th century and the Slave Trade Act of 1807.
Ms Worsley viewed the National Trust report as “ahead of the game” in examining her own links to slavery, and added that it should be applied to royal history.
She said, “We’ve been thinking a lot and planning all kinds of changes.
” The time has come. We’re late. We haven’t done well enough.
Royal ties to the slave trade have already been discussed, with King William III partly owning the Royal African Company, which shipped slaves to America.
William was given shares in the company by slave trader Edward Colston in 1968.
Following the exchange, the King then bought Kensington Palace for £ 20,000 in the same year.
Statues of William and Mr. Coulston were vandalized at Black Lives Matter protesters earlier this year after slave traders were toppled in a controversial protest.
The Duke of Cambridge has been openly against racism and has led many initiatives to combat it in society.
Earlier this year, William spoke about the importance of diversity at the BAFTA awards ceremony.
He said: “In 2020, and not for the first time in recent years, we find ourselves talking again about the need to do more about diversity in the industry and in the rewards process. It just can’t be right these days.
William also spoke in 2019 about racism in football and said, “I’m fed up. I’m so sick of it.
Other members of the royal family have spoken openly about racism, with William’s father, Prince Charles, decrying Britain’s role in the slave trade.
Speaking last year in Ghana, he viewed slavery as an atrocity that has left an “indelible stain” on the world.
He added, “At Osu Castle on Saturday, it was especially important to me, as it was indeed on my first visit 41 years ago, that I should recognize the most painful chapter of
Ghana’s relations with the nations of Europe, including the United Kingdom.
“The appalling atrocity of the slave trade and the unimaginable suffering it caused has left an indelible stain on the history of our world.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Kensington Palace for comment.