Loose Womens Charlene White cries on air as she reflects on family history

Loose Women star Charlene White cried on air as she watched a moving clip from her new ITV documentary.

The daytime TV presenter has fronted a new documentary called Charlene White: Empire's Child, which was commissioned as part of ITV's schedule for Black History Month.

The powerful documentary sees the panelist travel across Britain and Jamaica to explore her family history as well as her links to the British Empire.

Charlene joined her fellow Loose Women panelists to talk about the deeply personal documentary on Thursday's show (October 21).

When she was shown a clip from the film, Charlene understandably became emotional and wiped a tear from her eye as she laughed.

Her co-star Sunetra Sarker could be seen crying too as the cameras panned back to the panel after running the clip.

Kelle Bryan said: "It was beautiful, but you said that at the beginning you were very much going into it with your journalist head on your shoulders.

"'No, I want this to be a story that's told in its proper sense', but we can see the emotions take over you."

Charlene replied: "Yeah, it's weird because I was asked to do this and I'm used to telling stories.

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"That's what I do in my everyday life, and I was so determined not to get emotionally attached to this, and when people watch it tonight at 9 o'clock they will see about halfway through there's a shift."

She added: "Because it's that realisation that this isn't just a story about random people in some far-away land on the other side of the Atlantic, it's about me."

In the documentary, Charlene learned that her five times great grandfather was a white slave owner called John Stanbury, who had illegitimate children at his plantation.

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Charlene said: "He was a slave owner, there is no reading between the lines, he owned people who looked like me.

"And that is within my bloodline, which is a weird thing to get my head around and he is responsible for my families’ lighter skin.

"Is it a nice history? No, but I still feel like it is something I needed to know."

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV

Charlene White: Empire’s Child airs tonight (Thursday 21 October) on ITV at 9pm.

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