Prince Charles breaks protocol with Christmas message

He’s known for his philanthropic work, but while the royal family is supposed to steer clear of interfering in politics,
Prince Charles has issued a warning.

He’s known for his philanthropic work, but while the royal family is supposed to steer clear of interfering in politics, Prince Charles has used his Christmas message to send a stern warning.

The prince was delivering his speech as part of the BBC’s Thought of the Day program and while many expected it to be a more generic Christmas message, Charles has surprised many by saying the world is dangerously close to repeating the “dark days” of World War 2.

After talking about trouble in the Middle East, he said the world needed to learn to practice more tolerance.

“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,” he said.

“All of this has deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s.

“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.

“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.

“Normally, at Christmas, we think of the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I wonder, though, if this year we might remember how the story of the Nativity unfolds – with the fleeing of the Holy Family to escape violent persecution.”

He ended his speech by calling on people to be more respectful towards each other.

“Whichever religious path we follow, the destination is the same – to value and respect the other person, accepting their right to live out their peaceful response to the love of God,” he finished.

His powerful words have drawn huge support around the world, with many saying he has described exactly how they were feeling.

Do you agree with Prince Charles’ message? Or do you think royals should stay out of political commentary?

  1. bruce carter  

    I wish more public figures felt the same instead of the constant greed for power and wealth, God bless the royal family without them the world would have nothing to look up to. Merry Christmas.

    • rob Clarsen  

      Great to see tolerance though placing everyone in the same melting pot is the cause not the solution . If there is a fight between neighbours so be it , that is nature at work. If there Is a fight involving many nations over the one cause with the same problem , it is nature at work on a far grander scale. Mother Nature will and always has won. not politics.

      • Post$cript  

        A fight between neighbours shows that someone has a problem (chip on their shoulders) they need to resolve before resorting to violence.
        The biggest problems are greed and religion.
        Mother nature neither wins or loses, it does its thing regardless of out stupidity.

    • Amen to that brother, please call our GOP congressmen and women and the senate GOP and tell them to get their heads out of their asses and do the right thing and impeach this nutcase we have for a president elect.

      • Jennifer M  

        What would you have him impeached for? Because you disagree with him? That’s not how life works, sunshine.

      • Roman  

        I always find it funny that in a democratic society, people still need to cry to their congressmen when their elected officials make a policy they don’t agree with. Change happens with the majority interests of the country, not an elected few who think they know what’s best for the majority.

    • susan klee  

      Interesting that he calls Islam a “minority faith.” Yes, it is in Britain. But there are over 1,000,000,000 Muslims in the world. I emphasize this because it also helps break down stereotyping: how can you stereotype one billion people. Thank you, Charles, for speaking out.

    • Jason  

      I applaud his comments, but His Royal Highness Charles the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, and Duke of Rothesay is hardly an example of those who turn their back on wealth and privilege.

      • Rich  

        I must have missed that bit as well.

    • Johnny  

      It’s precisely that sort of tolerance that has turned his country into a cesspool of mud people.

    • Billie Jean Stout  

      I am unhappy to think that my country is creating such turmoil… I hope the world knows that not every person from the U.S.of A. Is in agreement with the aggressive lack of manners displayed by He who soon will be our President.. It is my hope that something will stop this trend toward intolerance. It will be our path to destruction if things do not change. A huge thank you to Prince Charles for speaking his mind.

    • Joan  

      I agree with Prince Charles and most of the comments. Better understanding, compassion and love. We may not be able to prevent wars but as the Queen said in her speech, quoting Mother Theresa, we can all carry out smaller acts of kindness which will improve society.

    • John Bone  

      I couldn’t agree with you more Bruce

    • Vic lesssard  

      They fought ? Really ?
      All wars are based on lies and greed .
      Look what took place in America
      These people always want the public to focus on their point of view
      But the reality speaks for itself
      They created slavery , masacured Native American
      Implemented the same system that made imagrants flee from their homes in the first place
      Privatize the whole banking system and imposed interest payments on the people
      And tax payers . On fraudulent loans that cost everyone dearly for loaned money that isn’t even in existence . Instead of having a monetary system built by the people for the people .
      A system that only prospers the Rich who main focus is to monopolize every aspect of business. So they can say their life acomplishments is measured by how much wealth they incured instead of the goodness and contribution to mankind and their fellow man .

  2. Pamela vorbach  

    Wow he showing some signs of beinvg a leader at last , i am not a monachist however others have a right to be a monachist.. looking forward to seing more.

    • Paul J. Lucas  

      You realize that the British monarchy hasn’t actually lead the UK in a really long time, right? They have no real power. It’s the Prime Minister that leads the UK. Regardless, his mother, the Queen, is still alive.

    • yseta1946  

      Yes he is an IT’S ABOUT TIME. I still don’t think he’s fit to be king of anything and show abdicate his position in favor of his son, Prince William. Nevertheless, he’s finally doing something right.

      • Jerry1960  

        Whilst not a royalist, I believe that you will find that if the throne is handed to Charles (on his mothers death) and he then abdicates, it won’t be William next in line, as that line is cut by the addiction. Instead, Andrew would be next in line, and that would spell disaster for the Royal Family.
        I would prefer that they all shrank away as figures of state, together with the civil list.

      • Charles is not fit to be king.. On the Queen passing away.. The Crown should go directly to William.

    • amortiser  

      Charlie channeling Neville Chamberlain. They need to keep Liz on life support until he falls off his perch.

    • What? Because of one little speech ? With all due respects.. I personally believe he should never be our king, He destroyed that possibility when he screwed around on Diana.. and now he wants to rule.. and have his mistress, that he screwed around with.. to become our queen? William should be our next Monarch.

  3. I agree with Charles, he is completly right, this is how Hitler started, so it definately needs to be nicked in the Bud Now not in years to come when it will be to late.

    • Keith Douthett  

      I have published several posts since the American election, and during the rise of Isis, that say pretty much what the Prince is saying. Totally agree with him! As for people like him staying quiet on political issues, I wish they wouldn’t. They have the power, influence and opportunity to make real change. Go Prince Charles’s!


      You are right Sandra. It is about time he tells us his true feelings.

    • Donald R. Brandon  

      I think the Prince nailed it. Maybe the British will have to step up and lead the free world.

    • Sandra  

      I agree with Prince Charles. He is courageous and to be saluted for speaking up

  4. Sandy Balfour  

    Very well put and I agree with him completely.

  5. Michele Morgan  

    Couldn’t agree with him more. More leaders need to speak out and stop being so politically correct – it clearly doesn’t work!

    • rose ruth  

      Not really sure how what the Prince said was politically incorrect?

    • Ethel  

      Have never liked Prince Charles for obvious reasons but totally agree with him on this subject !!

  6. Jenny Pleschka  

    I totally agree with him and I didnt see him talking any politics at all.

    • Irene Bennett  

      He is talking about moral issues; it is a big mistake to call that political.

    • Mina Semyon  

      I totally agree with Prince Charles’ message and hope it inspires the majority of population towards tolerance and compassion!!!

    • John Hamer  

      I couldn’t agree more. He is not getting involved in politics at all, he is simply stating an observation that most people feel anyway.

    • alanwms  

      Tolerance – Ha – He has armed police protecting his armed guards outside the Palace. Quite tolerant I suppose.

  7. I greatly admire Prince Charles for having the courage to speak about the atrocities being carried out all over the world today, all in the name of a misplaced ideology. I only wish our politicians could be as honest as he is.

  8. Scott Wilson  

    I have always found Prince Charles to be worth listening to. He has a conscience and is not driven by politics or money

    • Lorraine Weglarz  

      The Prince should as a “Royal” should speak out against tryanny, injustice, anti -semitism, any form of racism, sexism, or discrimination of one person or any group or nation against anyone who is different from themselves. Ever royal should do the same If for no other reason than to make some of form reparation for the countless crimes committed in the name of being a Royal or being of royal lineage!

  9. Grace Hall  

    I agree with what he has said there was no mention of politics really Joseph And Mary who was with child had to flee from violent persecution it is no better today such evil and corruption in high places we all should show more kindness respect and love towards each other Jesus showed us through His great example we should pattern our lives to be like him what the world needs is love ..

    • violet schuh  

      I agree with his words and am glad he said them but I thought Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem for a census. I didn’t think there was any big persecution going on right then. They did have to delay their return or go a different route on the way back to avoid Herod who was looking to kill the newborn king but that was after Jesus was born.

      • Diana Oaks  

        After the birth of Jesus, an angel warned Joseph and the Holy Family fled to Egypt to avoid Herod’s wrath, in what has become known as “The Slaughter of the Innocents.”

    • Graham Clarke  

      Yes, love – and punctuation!

  10. Astrid O'Toole  

    He was right to speak out and I respect him for it! Our world is becoming a truly frightening place for our children and grandchildren. Well said Prince Charles!

    • D Richard Evans  

      I agree with your sentiments totally, Astrid. As much as I love my children and grandchildren, I do have regrets about bringing them into this horrid world. I always think of mankind’s struggles as being a conflict between good and evil. I’m afraid that the forces of good are making little headway at the moment.
      Too many people are writing HRH Prince Charles off as a sort of tree-hugging hippie. He is not and well done to him for making his feelings heard. Anyway, talking to trees and plants is not that daft – try it. Trees might know a thing or two; they’ve been around a lot longer than we have.

  11. Ruth Inglis  

    I agree totally with Prince Charles. Very well said. Time for the world to take a stand and show some backbone.

  12. Joan  

    Well said Your Highness. Pity you can’t overthrow Parliament and lead the nation like Cromwell did to your ancestor

    • Diane Bowen  

      I totally agree with him it’s obvious he is concerned about his family as we all are about ours in the future.

    • Philip Nicholas  

      We must not confuse idealogy with politics. To say nothing would be the crime.

    • John  

      Pretty ironic statement since Cromwell beheaded King Charles I in 1649.

    • Darlene Haubrich  

      I admire Prince Charles for speaking out the way he did. I agree that we all need to be more respectful of others and show more kindness to one another. The world keeps getting more frightful everyday and it’s time for a change so our children and future generations have a better world to live in.

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