Prince Charles is never shy about making his voice heard, whether it’s about global, humanitarian or political issues. And now, perhaps more than any time in recent memory, we’re grateful for what he has to say.
At a recent dinner for The World Jewish Relief the Prince made his position clear, “In my own life, I have always tried to reach across the boundaries of faith and community; to extend a helping hand wherever one might be needed.” He shared that his values had been ingrained in him from an early age by learning that his grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece, had sheltered a Jewish family in her apartment in Athens during the Nazi occupation.
His comments couldn’t be more timely, and echo his Christmas message to BBC Radio 4’s Thought For The Day, during which Prince Charles made some chilling observations about today’s political climate: “We are now seeing the rise of many populist groups across the world that are increasingly aggressive towards those who adhere to a minority faith.”
The Prince of Wales has often spoken in favour of diversity and along with his sons took part in the ceremonies marking the 1998 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, “All of this has deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s.” He goes on to say on the BBC radio broadcast. “I was born in 1948 – just after the end of World War II in which my parents’ generation had fought, and died, in a battle against intolerance, monstrous extremism and an inhuman attempt to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe.”
The Future Monarch is known for his fearless championing of the causes closest to his heart, the UK press have noted that he is more willing to talk about politics than his mother, The Queen, and are anticipating he will be more vocal as the political climate becomes more controversial. He closed the message by saying:
“That, nearly seventy years later, we should still be seeing such evil persecution is, to me, beyond all belief. We owe it to those who suffered and died so horribly not to repeat the horrors of the past.”