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Prince Charles condemns Russian invasion of Ukraine: ‘Brutal aggression’


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Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, has condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Prince of Wales spoke on Tuesday during a visit to Southend-on-Sea, England, with his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The 73-year-old expressed his solidarity during a speech in memory of British lawmaker David Amess, who was murdered in October 2021.

“What we saw in the terrible tragedy at Southend was an attack on democracy, on an open society, on freedom itself,” the prince said. “We see those same values ​​under attack today in Ukraine in the most unconscionable way. In the position we take here, we stand in solidarity with all who resist brutal aggression.”

The eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II is not the first member of the British royal family to speak out recently.

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Charles’s youngest son, Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan Markle released a statement on February 24.

“Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and all of us at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine against this breach of international and humanitarian law and encourage the global community and its leaders to do the same,” a statement posted on read their Archewell Foundation website.

Shortly after, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton shared a similar sentiment with their own statement released on February 26 via social media.

“In October 2020, we had the privilege of meeting with President Zelenskyy and the First Lady to hear their hope and optimism for the future of Ukraine,” the couple’s statement began.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena during an audience at Buckingham Palace on October 7, 2020 in London, England.
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“Today we stand with the President and all the people of Ukraine as they bravely fight for that future,” their statement continued, adding a Ukrainian flag emoji.

On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy took to Twitter and thanked the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their solidarity.

“[My wife] Olena and I are grateful to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge @RoyalFamily that at this crucial time, as Ukraine bravely opposes Russia’s invasion, they stand with our country and support our brave citizens. Good will triumph,” the 44-year-old tweeted.

According to the Royal Family’s website, the Queen, as head of state, must remain strictly neutral “on political matters”. The monarch does not vote or stand for election. However, she has important ceremonial and formal roles in relation to the British government.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statement via their Archewell website.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statement via their Archewell website.
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Members of the royal family rarely get involved in political affairs and instead choose to remain neutral.

In 2014, a royal spokesperson declined to confirm or deny that Charles had compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler during a private reception with World War II veterans in Canada.

Ukraine was invaded on February 24. The invasion drew worldwide condemnation. Hundreds of people have already been killed or injured, including children. Millions of people have fled or attempted to flee the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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