Prince Charles visits Christainborg Castle in Osu. Photograph: Tim Rooke/Rex/Shutterstock(excerpt..)
Britain’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade was an appalling atrocity that has left an ‘indelible stain’ on the world – Prince Charles has acknowledged.
The heir to the UK’s throne made the comments in a speech in Ghana – from where many Africans were shipped away to a life of slavery – most across the Atlantic – on ships from Britain and other nations.
Charles said the ‘profound injustice’ of that legacy could never be forgotten – adding: ‘At Osu Castle on Saturday it was especially important to me – as indeed it was on my first visit there 41 years ago – that I should acknowledge 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 – left an indelible stain on the history of our world’.
Charles had visited Christiansborg Castle in Osu – which originally operated as a Danish slave trade fort and from where it is estimated more than 1.5 million Africans were forced into slavery.