Julia Hartley Brewer: 'You can't be woke and be King'

TalkTV's Julia Hartley Brewer has hit out at the King for revealing he could pay reparations for the royal family's historical links to slavery, according to a palace spokesman.

The King has expressed support for research into links between the monarchy and the slave trade after The Guardian revealed £1,000 worth of shares in a slave trading company were transferred to King William III from slave trader Edward Colston in 1689.

Julia said: "Every society and empire had slavery until Britain ended the slave trade across the Atlantic. Until 2015, we were still paying of billions of pounds of debts to buy their freedom by compensating slave owners."

"The King is already walking into controversy on this. I don’t think he can stop himself. You can’t be woke and be a king, these are mutually exclusive.

"What about the Roman Empire? Slavery continued even when we controlled it overseas."

But there was no apology from the then-heir to the throne for the royal family’s involvement in the transportation and selling of people for profit.

Speaking to Julia, TalkRadio's Royal Correspondent Rupert Bell said: "The King has to be careful because you can't apologise for things that happened with William III back in the day.

"This is the problem for the monarchy: how do they try and just look forward? To start apologising for things that happened 200 years ago is difficult."

For centuries, successive monarchs and other royals participated in the trade, either supporting and facilitating the activity or making money from it.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “This is an issue that His Majesty takes profoundly seriously.

“As he told the Commonwealth Heads of Government Reception in Rwanda last year: I cannot describe the depths of my personal sorrow at the suffering of so many, as I continue to deepen my own understanding of slavery’s enduring impact.”