Prince Charles is currently on his three-day Canada tour today, alongside his wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles. The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall are representing Queen Elizabeth in her Platinum Jubilee year to commemorate her 70 years of reign in the United Kingdom.
Most, if not all, are aware that Canada remains one of the 15 realms of the Commonwealth, including the U.K., where Queen Elizabeth is the head of state. Prince Charles, per reports, is set to speak about the strong relationships between Canada and Britain, including the “profound affection” that Her Majesty feels for the North American state.
Now, new reports suggest that Prince Charles is also facing calls to address the historical violence and abuses that have been perpetrated against thousands of indigenous people in Canada. Keep on reading to know more details.
Prince Charles Urged To Acknowledge Historic Struggles Of Canada’s Indigenous People
Express U.K. reported royal historian Marlene Koenig has stated Prince Charles must “acknowledge” the dark history of Canada. An American librarian and writer by profession, she has researched Britain’s royal family for more than 40 years.
Talking to the news outlet, Marlene Koenig said of Prince Charles:
“There are certain issues to be addressed. Certainly, there should be a statement. The British monarchy was not responsible for that. But that said, it is something that should be acknowledged, and I expect Charles will do that.”
Indigenous groups in Canada have already urged Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles to acknowledge the harm caused by British colonialism. Clarence House has confirmed that the royal pair’s trip would focus on indigenous reconciliation efforts.
However, representatives of Canada’s First Nations people demanded Prince Charles to apologize on Queen Elizabeth’s behalf over the scandal at residential schools. To recall, hundreds of corps were found at former schools that the Church had administered.
For starters, more or less than 150,000 indigenous children were forcibly separated from their families from 1831 onwards. Investigators still call the grim process a “cultural genocide,” especially since indigenous children were raped, abused, and suffered at Christian institutions.
The Canadian tour of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles came just a few weeks after the controversial visit of Kate Middleton and Prince William to the Caribbean region. At the time, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also faced protests with residents demanding them to pay for the British monarchy’s historic role in slavery there.
Marlene Koenig, however, claimed that Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles are very unlikely to face protests like what Kate Middleton and Prince William experienced. The royal historian said:
“I don't think they will face the same type of demonstrations. I think it is going to be very, very different. I think if William and Catherine went, I think it would give even more coverage. Here you have two older people going on a tour.”
Prince Charles has yet to respond to the calls of acknowledging the predicaments met by the indigenous people in Canada. Also, the husband of Camilla Parker-Bowles has yet to comment on Marlene Koenig’s statements.
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Prince Charles And Camilla Parker-Bowles’ Canada Tour Was Cut Short
Meanwhile, royal expert Rafe Heydel-Mankoo talked about the short tour of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles in Canada and how this was a “slap in the face” to the British monarchy. Talking to GB News, he said:
"I think on the back of the visit to the Caribbean of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and also given what we've seen in Canada over the past year or two in regards to the treatment of the indigenous people, we've seen the toppling of statues of Kings and Queens of Canada, setting alight of churches by indigenous people, I think there's going to be a certain degree of trepidation.”
Of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles’ Canada trip, Rade Heydel-Mankoo added:
"This is a very limited trip; this is only three days. This is the shortest trip, this and the last one under the Trudeau government, that we've ever seen before. Normally the Royal Family would come for a week, sometimes even two weeks, more than two weeks in terms of Charles in 1983, with Diana. This is a very limited visit, so there won't be many opportunities for public protests."
The royal expert also said that the short visit is a “case of the current liberal government in Canada not being very keen on the monarchy.” Rade Heydel-Mankoo added:
"You've seen a very reduced celebration for the Platinum Jubilee compared to the Diamond Jubilee. For example, Canada has always issued Jubilee medals and Coronation medals, and this is the first time in history that Canada isn't issuing a Platinum Jubilee medal; despite protests from the opposition and on the provincial level, they are having their own medals done in protest to what Trudeau has done, which I think its a bit of a slap in the face to the monarchy.”
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