Loose Women host Charlene White learns that her great-grandfather was a five-time slave in her new ITV documentary, Empire’s Child.
In the episode that airs Thursday, the 43-year-old delve deeper into her family’s history as well as her ties to the British Empire, and is shocked by what she finds.
The news presenter traces her family tree back to Jamaica where she uncovers the history of her five-time great-grandfather, John Stanbury.
History: Loose Women host Charlene White explores being the slave owner of her five-time great-grandfather in her new show Empire’s Child
in a clip obtained by Mirror, Charlene says emotionally: ‘He was a slave owner, he had people who looked like me.
‘And he’s within my blood, which is a weird thing to make my head spin and he’s responsible for my families’ lighter skin. Is this a good history? No, but I think it’s something I need to know.
Charlene is told by genealogist Diane Golding-Frankson that many of John’s children were of mixed race.
Shocked: In the ITV documentary, the 43-year-old delve deeper into her family’s history as well as her relationship with the British Empire, and is shocked by what she finds
To which she replies: ‘You know the red color in my hair when it’s not dyed? God, it’s because of this man. This man could have been responsible for a lot of pain. and chose his children to take the stock of his slaves.’
Elsewhere on the show, Charlene explores her four-time great-grandparents Andrew and Elsie Pucci.
He learns that Andrew and Elsie were born into slavery in the 1790s, but were freed in Jamaica in 1834, when slavery was abolished.
The television presenter breaks down in tears as she learns how the couple bought the land they live on and sold the produce, so they could ‘live the dream’ of providing a better life for their children.
While discussing the filming of the show, which began as part of ITV’s celebration of Black History Month, Charlene told MailOnline last week how she initially planned to keep her cool journalist head, but It was soon discovered that the deeper she was in the past, the more emotional she became.
She said of the show: ‘The Empire’s Child is about where I sit as a child of immigrants in the British Empire. It’s basically looking at the roots of my mother’s maiden name and wanting to see if in history we’ll be able to trace where the surname came from.
‘To know more about my history, by nature, essentially descending from slaves, it can be very difficult to trace where you came from because a lot of those documents were destroyed after independence or Are under lock and key with the National Collection. So these things, it can be quite difficult.
‘But the genealogist who worked on it went further than they thought, which was quite astonishing. Because it turned out that the records for my family were really well kept and traceable, so it was an incredible journey.’
She continued: ‘I started it with a journalist’s mind and heart, like I was thinking “don’t connect to the story”.
Family: Charlene’s family was part of the Windrush generation that settled in the UK. Here he is pictured with his late mother Dorrett, who tragically passed away in 2002 at the age of 47
“But by the end of the show, I became more emotional than I ever expected and the story knocked on my heart in a way that I didn’t expect.
‘The separation I wanted with this program just didn’t happen. And it was such an overwhelming feeling to finally understand my roots, it hit me in the heart like a ten ton truck!
‘There’s a moment in the movie where inevitably, you see me slowly crumbling because I was in a really lucky position to be able to figure out where I came from and share those stories of my family. Was able to trace and figure out where I was. Sit within the British Empire as a black British…