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Prince Charles says "time has come" to confront the legacy of slavery

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Kigali, Rwanda (CNN)It's slower than ever. This was a general reaction to Prince Charles' opening speech at the Federal Summit in Kigali on Friday.

The prince takes over his mother as the head of the organization. This is an association of independent nations born from the ashes of the British Empire. The empire was forever linked to slavery, and Prince Charles stated in his opening remarks that he would like to change the status quo and begin a dialogue about it.

"While we strive together for peace, prosperity and democracy, the roots of our modern association penetrate deep into the most painful times of our history. I want to admit that I'm doing it, "he told the delegation. "I can't explain the depth of my personal sorrow for the suffering of many, as I continue to deepen my own understanding of the lasting effects of slavery," said the prince. The more reverberant "I'm sorry" would have been better, but it would pave the way for claims, and it's a government issue, not a monarchy.

Charles said the Commonwealth "needs to find a new way to recognize our past. Simply put, this is a timely conversation. Your excellence, the conversation comes from listening. It will start. "

Yusuf Keketoma Sandi was part of the Sierra Leone delegation. Tens of thousands of Africans were kidnapped andwere taken to Sierra Leoneand placed on slave ships bound for the Americas. It later became a British colony.

He told us: "Sierra Leone was not part of the conversation, so today we talk to the prince about slavery and see how we want to start that conversation. The fact that Sierra Leone is looking forward to it and hopes that when it begins he will visit Sierra Leone to see the scars left on Sierra Leone. "

Elizabeth 2 There are still 15 countries that have appointed the Sierra Leone as head of state. Barbados only replaced her with her locally appointed president last year. The Jamaican Prime Minister expressed his desire to do the same a few months ago.

In Kigali, Charles revealed that he would not interfere with the nations that would break their relationship with the monarchy. He states: "The Federation includes countries that have a constitutional relationship with my family, countries that continue to do so, and countries that are increasingly unrelated. As I said before, of each member. The Constitution wants to be clear. The republican or monarchical arrangement is purely a matter for each member state. "

The scars of slavery are deeply ingrained throughout the globe. It can't be a more sensitive theme. The Royals may have avoided it in the past, but Prince Charles now wants to talk about it, and he wants the Federation to become a platform. He wants to be part of the solution, not a symbol of the problem.

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Charles and the British Prime Minister avoid annoying break-in while traveling to Rwanda.

There has been speculation over the past few days about possible tensions between Prince Charles and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The Johnson administration is promoting a policy of sending asylum seekers arriving in the UK to Rwanda for processing and resettlement. The British newspaper The Times reported that the royal family had described the plan as "horrifying." At a bilateral meeting around the Commonwealth Summit in Kigali on Friday, British media was watching to see if any of the reported tensions were visible. However, hours before the event, Johnson stated that the conversation with Charles remained private. "I don't comment on what I say to the Queen or what the Queen says to me, nor do I say anything about what the successor to the throne might say to me or what I might say to him. And that never happened. The Prime Minister never talks about it, and quite right, "Johnson told reporters Friday morning. Clarence House said he would not comment on any possible statements, except that the prince was politically neutral.

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A moving first day.

Prince Charles arrived in Rwanda on Tuesday night. This is the first member of the royal family to visit the country. He organized a series of engagements around the main event while he was here to represent the Queen at the Commonwealth Headquarters (CHOGM). Thefirst day of the

visitfocused on learning more about the 1994 genocide and included a trip to the Nyamata Church, where at least 45,000 people were slaughtered. A Clarence House spokesman said the royal couple was impressed with how important it was to never forget the horrors of the past. But they also "deeply impressed when they found a way to live with the most horrific crimes and even listened to those who forgave the most horrific crimes," the spokesman added.

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One of Camilla's most powerful speeches to date.

The Duchess of Cornwall pressured her leaders to step up her efforts to prevent her domestic violence, leading to a central stage at the Federal Convention on Thursday. I stood. "This alliance has power. With the power of our unity, we, federal women and men, stand with victims and survivors. Africa, Asia, Europe, Pacific, Caribbean, America. It's not the only one, "he said. "By doing so, we have the opportunity to end gender-based violence and laws and practices that discriminate against women, and each of us must take personal responsibility not to lose this opportunity. No. "

The wife of the British Prime Minister, Carrie Johnson, was one of the attendees at the Kigari Convention Center. Tensions may have been reported between her husbands, but the two seemed happy to see each other. Johnson warmly greeted the Duchess when she came to the table during the event. The pair seemed relaxed when they chatted and laughed together.

She is only in a position to accompany Prince Charles, but the speech shows that Camilla has already defended her future Queen title and has shown her same commitment to the Commonwealth as her mother-in-law. Was shown. Read all her speeches here.

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A group at the Kigali Massacre Memorial, where 250,000 victims of the massacre were killed in 1994. Holiday to the graveyard.

On Wednesday, the royal family offered a wreath in honor of the victims and wrote, "In the eternal memory of those who died in the slaughter of the Tutsi." It was signed by "Charles" and "Camilla".

Max interviews Freddy Mutanguha, site director and genocide survivor.

At the Memorial Museum, photos of some of the victims' families fill the room.

Prince Charles is looking at the mass grave behind the Church of Nyamata, one of Rwanda's six national slaughter monuments. 45,308 victims from the surrounding area are buried here.

In the church, which stands today as a monument to violence 28 years ago, the pew was replaced by victims' clothing and personal belongings. As part of the reconciliation process that began in 1999, former attackers identified other graveyards, and bodies found elsewhere are still being brought into the church. Kigali's Polytechnic Regional Center on Thursday.

After that, he visited Kigali's first and only wildlife sanctuary, Umsambi Village, to learn about the conservation of the restored wetland, which is the habitat of the endangered bunting species, and plant trees. I did.

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During the trip, Prince Charles always met with students from his Prince's Trust International (PTI) charity. Founded in 2015, the Global Organization has helped more than 45,000 young people return to education and prepare for their careers.

Here in Rwanda, charities have been working with local partners since 2020, and Prince of Wales seems happy to talk to some of the partners he has helped. I did. The royal family roamed several food stalls featuring local products from young entrepreneurs and actively chatted with students before posing for group photos.

Prior to the event, 24-year-old hospitality student Regis said it was "very meaningful" to have Charles on Thursday.

"I think it's a privilege and an honor to organize (see) the people who help the prince get a job," he said with a big smile. "Many people want to see him, but they don't, but for us it inspires us."

Regis is here with the African Management Institute in Rwanda. He explained that he participated in PTI because he has partnered to help him get training and internships at a local hotel.

"Now, from training and all the takeaways they give us, now we start our career, and within 3-5 years I have my own business I think I started with PTI, "he added.

What else is happening? Attending the opening ceremony with the Duchess of Cambridge, praised the generation, admitting that "discrimination is too familiar an experience for black men and women in the UK in 2022." Britain to rebuild its country in the 1940s and 1950s became atragic political scandalafter being targeted and deported by the government in 2017. Of course, it hasn't happened yet, "he said.I told the crowd on Wednesday at Waterloo.

The Queen's summer look.

This week, her Maj noticed her new hairstyle, and the royal watcher was hooked on it. A photo shared Wednesday on the official Instagram of the royal family showed the monarch making a short cut during the audience at Windsor. This is a subtle change from the long, loose curls, reminiscent of Queen Elizabeth II. "The Queen looks great. Her new summer hairstyle looks perfect," wrote one user. "Love your new hairstyle, Her Majesty," another post. Read the full text here.

William and Kate are amazing in their first joint portrait.

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, saw their first official co-portrait when it was released Thursday. The painting shows Kate in a flowing emerald dress and William in a dark suit. His hand is pushed into his pocket. This painting was commissioned as a gift to the people of Cambridgeshire and features a subtle nod to the area in the background color. According to PA Media, William said it was "quite big" when it was on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. He also told artist Jamie Koas that it was "great." In an interview with The Big Issue magazine on his 40th birthday earlier this week, William was a fan of Renaissance painting and studied art history "a little" at college, but "did it fall asleep." I gave up. " In the lecture "Details.

"It's not easy. I've been scrutinized for so long that you have to find a way to live with it. Everyone can see it. I don't like it all the time, and as you know, it was criticized, but I think in the end I have to surpass it and get over it. You have to get over life Must be. "

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