Monday 5 December 2016

Prince Charles had a point on Putin – it's hard not to see parallels with Hitler

The lies and vicious rhetoric of the Russian regime would have earned the respect of Goebbels, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 25/05/2014 | 02:30

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends a Royal Canada Mounted Police reception
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends a Royal Canada Mounted Police reception

It's often tough being a senior British royal. Prince Charles and his wife went to Canada for three-and-a-half days last week and carried out 47 public engagements. They visited three provinces and six communities and saw, among other things, churches, schools, museums and parks. There were meetings with businessmen, politicians, officials, soldiers and children, along with tree-planting and hand-shaking at parades and receptions and commemorations.

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At one of his speeches, Prince Charles spoke about the "huge challenges" but "enormous opportunities" facing the world: "Youth unemployment, the widening gap between rich and poor, the constant struggle to advance human rights and democracy, the need to open the doors of opportunity for women and young girls around the world, the impact we can expect from climate change, the dangers of over-fishing, of deforestation and the rapid urbanisation of the world's equally rapidly expanding population." Hard to find much to argue about there.

Charles might have been hoping for a media pat on the back for a taxing job well done, but instead he came home to an international furore. At a reception at the Museum of Immigration in Nova Scotia, he had been introduced to Marianne Ferguson, many of whose relatives were murdered in the Holocaust, who told him of her flight to Canada in 1939 as a 13-year-old Jewish refugee from Poland. In a sympathetic response, he said "And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler". It was, said Mrs Ferguson, who agreed with him, "just a little remark. I didn't think it was going to make such a big uproar".

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