The prince said he was “so touched” to ask, remarking that the only newspaper in Britain – focusing on black issues and culture – had become “an institution”.
In his version, which goes on sale next week, Prince Charles marks some of the black community’s biggest achievements over the past 40 years, since The Voice debuted in 1982.
This issue will include:
- an interview with Idris ElbasWho has always credited receiving grants from the Prince’s Trust when he was a teenager to open the door to his long career
- An interview with Bernardine Evaristo, author of ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ and the first black woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize
- An interview with Baroness Lawrence, mother of slain teen Stephen Lawrence, who has campaigned for years to improve social and economic mobility for people of diverse backgrounds.
Prince Charles said: “Over the past four decades, with all the major changes that they have seen, Britain’s only surviving black newspaper has become an institution and an important part of the fabric of our society.
“That’s why I was so excited to be invited to edit this special edition.”
The newspaper’s editor, Lester Holloway, said: “Our readers may be surprised at the similarities between the issues that Sound Has campaigned for four decades and the Prince of Wales has been involved in behind-the-scenes work, often over the same period.
“In past decades these causes were once despised and ridiculed, but today they are widely accepted.”