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Royal racism My great-grandad's head was brought to Buckingham Palace, anti-racism campaigner reveals

"We know that the royal family started the slave trade in Britain and oversaw it for generations, for centuries. They need to own up to that"

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Cuthbert Arutura in Belfast city centre yesterday

Cuthbert Arutura in Belfast city centre yesterday

The royal family are reluctant to deal with racism claims

The royal family are reluctant to deal with racism claims

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Cuthbert Arutura in Belfast city centre yesterday

An Ulster Black Lives Matter leader has revealed how his great grandfather's head was brought to the royal family in Buckingham Place - and he believes they have yet to fully deal with racism.

Cuthbert 'Tura' Arutura spoke out after the royals were rocked by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's sensational interview with Oprah Winfrey this week.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle accused the royal family of racism, saying that one unnamed member even asked how dark the unborn child would be.

Tura told the Sunday World that his great grandfather's head was brought to London from Africa in the late 1800s after he was decapitated by British forces.

The Belfast anti-racism activist said: "We know that the royal family started the slave trade in Britain and oversaw it for generations, for centuries. They need to own up to that.

"There are even paintings of the royal family with their slaves which have been locked away somewhere.

"This is a family which does not want to deal with racism in an authentic and honest way," he claimed.

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The royal family are reluctant to deal with racism claims

The royal family are reluctant to deal with racism claims

The royal family are reluctant to deal with racism claims

"It doesn't want to do so because of the shame and because of the fallout that will come out of the realisation that indeed this family perpetuated slavery and imperialism.

"There is no due process there that seems to hold them accountable to anything. In terms of what was said, I don't think they'll say anything, I don't think they'll explain anything.

"I think they will simply say that this is none of the public's business; that it's beyond our understanding. Two fingers to you, we're just going to deal with in our own way.

"I think what the royal family needs, and I think they know this themselves, is that they have become dehumanised and they need to become rehumanised. When you look at the situation with Prince Andrew and the entitlement that he seems to have simply assumed - it's a cesspit."

Prince William this week denied his family was racist in a rare comment to reporters, but the high-profile Oprah interview has led to widespread criticism of the royal family around the world, including from celebrities and politicians like Hillary Clinton.

Tura explained: "The royals have a lot to admit to historically. From personal experience, my great grandfather was beheaded by Crown forces in southern Africa and his remains were taken to Buckingham Palace along with the remains of 26 others. They were called the heads of family and presented to the royals.

"That's what they did in Africa; they decapitated the heads of family, literally the heads of people in each family.

"So after they decapitated my grandfather and the others, they took them to England in 1898. So, to me, those are the type of people that they are," he claimed.

"With that in mind, and knowing that it wasn't just in southern Africa that this happened in, the British Crown led the call for the heads of families, nobles and royal African people to be beheaded under their instruction, as well as in places all over the world."

Speaking of the bombshell interview, Cuthbert, who is due to meet with police following the PSNI's handing out of fines to those gathered at a Black Lives Matter protest in Belfast on June 6 last year, said he felt Harry and Meghan were being unfairly targeted by the media.

"I watched the interview, and I'm going to be perfectly honest with you, I really warmed to Meghan and Harry.

"I have a very good friend who spent quite a considerable amount of time with Harry. He talked to me about his experience with Harry and he also told me about his experience with William and Charles. This friend, I would trust with my life. He talked about the conversations that he had with Harry, and like my friend, I agree that he is a genuine person.

"When I look at Meghan, I see the same thing. I get a warm feeling from both of them. I believe them as a couple and I believe what they say is true; the challenges they were experiencing are very true."

He added: "I think Harry has become a man, he's come of age now. He has managed to see how his mother lived, and he's managed to see how the media behaved towards his mother before she died.

Shallow

"From the interview we can see how much the man is measured. For him to come to a point where he's actually talking about things at that level means that he's just gone beyond a certain point. He's got to a point where he's just said 'screw it'."

On Piers Morgan's reaction to the claims made during the Oprah interview, and his reaction when challenged in storming off, and eventually resigning from, Good Morning Britain, Cuthbert claimed: "Piers is an establishment kid. So he will be looking to see how he can get his knighthood. He is very shallow in terms of being open and transparent."

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