Date
15 December 2017
Prince Charles has sparked a diplomatic row with his reported comments on Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Photo: Reuters
Prince Charles has sparked a diplomatic row with his reported comments on Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Photo: Reuters

Prince Charles sparks row with Putin-Hitler jibe

Prince Charles is not exactly known for being guarded and diplomatic in his public engagements. The eldest heir to the British throne has riled quite a few people in the past with intemperate remarks on various issues. Now, it is the turn of Russian president Vladimir Putin to suffer some snark. 

In comments that triggered a diplomatic row, Charles is said to have compared Putin with Adolf Hitler, slamming the Russian leader’s actions in relation to the recent developments in Ukraine.

During a trip to Canada, the 65-year-old prince is reported to have told a Jewish woman who fled from Poland during World War Two that in Ukraine “Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler”.

“If these words were truly spoken, then, without doubt, they do not reflect well on the future British monarch,” Reuters quoted a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying.

“We view the use of the Western press by members of the British royal family to spread the propaganda campaign against Russia on a pressing issue – that is, the situation in Ukraine – as unacceptable, outrageous and low,” the spokesman said.

Russian diplomats were seeking an official explanation over the remarks. Reuters cited a royal source as saying that Charles’s remarks were “well-intentioned” and not meant to be made public.

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Prince Charles has sparked a diplomatic row with his reported comments on Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Photo: Reuters


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