The King of England, King Charles III, has said his monarchy will tackle the legacy of colonialism associated with the throne.
In his first major speech to a foreign leader on the throne, South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, the new monarch said in Buckingham Palace that aspects of the relationship between the two countries “provoked profound sorrow” but called for future cooperation.
According to Daily Mail UK, His Majesty has continued to push to keep the Commonwealth together, amid growing calls in some of its member nations to ditch the monarchy for good.
Earlier this year he also expressed his sadness about the UK’s role in the slave trade, telling Commonwealth leaders, “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.”
In his remarks to Ramaphosa, the King said he remained committed to ensuring Britain acknowledges “the wrongs which have shaped our past.”
He made the speech at a state banquet which had been held to mark the two-day state visit by Ramaphosa and the South African delegation.