Sunday 17 November 2019

Prince Charles: I hated IRA men who killed my uncle

Sam Marsden

The Prince of Wales has told the families of victims of the 9/11 attacks that he can understand their pain because he too was bereaved by terrorism when his uncle was murdered by the IRA.

Prince Charles and Prime Minister David Cameron joined the relatives to mark the sad landmark at an emotional ceremony in the September 11 memorial garden in Grosvenor Square, London.

Under a clear bright blue sky, not unlike the sky that looked over Manhattan on that fateful day, Charles said the families' loved ones were "cruelly, brutally and pointlessly torn from them".

He spoke movingly of his strong emotions after his great-uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, and a young godson were "torn from my own family" by an IRA bomb while sailing off the coast of Co Sligo in 1979. "At the time, I remember feeling intense anger, even hatred, of those who could even contemplate doing such a thing.

"But then I began to reflect that all the greatest wisdom that has come down to us over the ages speaks of the overriding need to break the law of cause and effect and somehow to find the strength to search for a more positive way of overcoming the evil in men's hearts."

The Prince admitted that this was "far easier said than done" but also added that many people were now tired of and bewildered by the "perpetual killing that blights the human family". He said that 9/11 had brought people together, "one person to another, one community to another".

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