Prince Charles is in diplomatic hot water with the Russian government.
Charles has likened Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, to Germany’s infamous leader, Adolf Hitler. The prince made the comparison in reference to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and for bullying Ukraine. The comment was made to a member of the public during Charles’s recent visit to a Holocaust memorial on his Canadian tour.
The oft-opinionated prince leads people to question his suitability to the throne. His mother, the Queen, is famously neutral when it comes to most things political. People respect Her Majesty for her discretion. However, Charles is more outspoken, which is much more in line with his father, Prince Philip. When Charles speaks frankly, this diplomatic row is just the sort of thing people worry about when imagining his reign.
I’ve got to admit that I admire his straightforward manner. It’s the likes of which we do not see in politicians aiming for a coveted government position. However, no matter how refreshing his candor may be, Charles does need to be more careful. It’s not that he’s wrong – he’s allowed to have an opinion, he just cannot be too frank in public.
Someone on a comments board piped up that Charles “should stop entertaining Middle Eastern dictators before he says anything about Putin”. Others genuinely fear backlash on Britain, and many are just sick and tired of hearing another Hitler comparison – myself included (this why I gave up watching the History Channel. All things Hitler gets stale after the 500th episode).
At least we know where the Prince of Wales stands. How often can you say that about someone associated with the government? Just remember, dear Charles – discretion is the better part of valor.