Prince Charles, 72, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 73 paid a historic visit to Berlin on Sunday to mark Germany’s official day of mourning. During the trip, the heir to the British throne delivered a powerful speech at the Bundestag in which he urged for unity and a continuation of the UK and Germany’s strong ties.
In his address, the Prince of Wales alluded to Brexit when he said: “The United Kingdom has chosen a future outside the European Union, and the relationship between our countries is evolving once again.
“Its shape is a matter negotiated between our governments and its essence is defined by the enduring connections between our people.
“It is, therefore, my heartfelt belief that the fundamental bond between us will remain strong: we will always be friends, partners and allies.
“As our countries begin this new chapter in our long history, let us reaffirm our bond for the years ahead.”
Charles added: “Let us reflect on all that we have been through together, and all that we have learned.
“Let us remember all victims of war, tyranny and persecution; those who laid down their lives for the freedoms we cherish, and those who struggle for these freedoms to this day.
“They inspire us to strive for a better tomorrow – let us make this our common cause.”
Royal Family members are traditionally meant to steer clear of political matters and Charles’s words prompted speculation he may have breached protocol.
Mr Fitzwilliams claimed Charles’s Brexit mention was to evoke the UK’s relationship with Germany going forward.
He added: “It is significant that he quoted from the poet John Donne in saying ‘no country is an island’ and talked both about interdependent destines in future but also referred to Brexit.
“In stating that Britain had chosen ‘a future outside the European Union’, he spoke of a new relationship evolving from current negotiations and mentioned the enduring connections between the people of both countries.”
According to Mr Fitzwilliams, Charles’s Brexit mention was not to “cause a stir” but that he was “simply stating a fact.”
Mr Fitzwilliams added: “The ‘fundamental bond between us’ would lead to the two countries being ‘friends, partners and allies’ in the future.
The expert concluded: “There was a time when any reference to Brexit would have caused a stir but since Britain left the European Union in January he was simply stating a fact in a speech which would obviously have been approved by the Government.”
A day before the trip Prince Charles celebrated his 72nd birthday.
Charles is the oldest heir apparent in British history having been first in line to throne for more than seven decades.
— to www.express.co.uk