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Prince Charles Said to Have Compared Putin to Hitler

Published: May 22, 2014 (Issue # 1811)



  • Prince Charles is said to have likened Putin to Hitler on a visit to Canada.
    Photo: Dan Marsh / Wikimedia Commons

MOSCOW — A former Polish war refugee said Prince Charles likened President Vladimir Putin to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during a royal visit to Canada, British news reports said.

Prince Charles purportedly made the comment earlier this week while being shown around the Canadian immigration museum in Nova Scotia by museum volunteer Marienne Ferguson, who lost relatives during the Holocaust, The Daily Mail reported.

Ferguson, 78, said that they were discussing Nazi Germany’s takeover of countries when Prince Charles said something to the effect of “it’s not unlike...what Putin is doing,” the BBC reported Wednesday. “I must say that I agree with him and am sure a lot of people do” Ferguson said, before describing the conversation as “very heartfelt and honest,” according to The Daily Mail.

Prince Charles’ comments can be seen as particularly unguarded, given that members of the royal family traditionally remain politically neutral.

The prince is due to meet Putin for D-Day anniversary celebrations in France next month, the BBC reported.

A spokesman for Clarence House, the prince’s official office, declined to comment on the conversation, which it said was private.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov also declined to comment.





 


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