Cost of the Crown Part 3: The Hidden History of Monarchy and Slavery – Podcast


While other reporters from The Guardian’s investigative team have traveled the country in search of horses, jewelery and works of art to help uncover the royal family’s hidden wealth, for their involvement in the Crown Cost project. David Conn looked much further back in time.

with the historian Brooke Newman, has been digging into the evidence showing the British monarchy’s links to transatlantic slavery. What emerges is a newly surfaced document showing a 17th-century transaction: the transfer of £1,000 worth of shares in the Royal African Company to King William III.

It then emerged that the direct ancestors of King Charles III and the royal family had bought and exploited enslaved people on tobacco plantations in Virginia, according to new research shared with The Guardian by the playwright. Desiree Baptiste.

A palace spokesman told us that the king would support a study into the links between the British monarchy and the transatlantic slave trade by giving access to the royal archives and the royal collection. Until now, from the British state there have been expressions of regret and an acknowledgment of the horror of slavery, but no formal apology.



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