Thursday 8 December 2016

Time won't heal all wounds, but a symbolic act by Prince Charles will make a difference

Published 23/04/2015 | 02:30

Cartoon of Prince Charles reading 'Irish Phrases'
Cartoon of Prince Charles reading 'Irish Phrases'

Prince Charles shakes a great many hands. He's even given mine a brisk shake, at a reception in London, where he delivered a speech about the importance of learning foreign languages.

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After the handshake, I asked him which languages he spoke, apart from English. None, said the prince, because he had "no bloody time". And then he moved on to the next hand. He came across as somewhat peeved, who knows why? Maybe it was because the job can be dull, and occasionally may seem pointless to an intelligent man such as Charles.

But every once in a while, people in his position - born with every advantage and of whom little is expected, beyond an adherence to duty - have an opportunity to do something truly meaningful.

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