Prince Charles And Diplomacy

Yes, Prince Charles has certainly put his foot in it by likening Vladimir Putin to Hitler, but, as  many are saying, doesn’t he have  a right to his opinion in a private conversation. For the British government it’s a question of him having put a spoke in the vulnerable and sensitive wheel of diplomacy. Maybe he was wrong or maybe he was right, but it’s this diplomacy thing that often gets blurred.

No doubt our world runs on the lubrication of diplomacy and I have no problem with that, but when we “diplomasize,” if there’s such a word, the truth out of existence, that’s another story.

At the moment 276 young women are being held captive somewhere in the North of Nigeria. The Nigerian government is so corrupt  it can’t even equip it’s Army and Police Force adequately to combat Boko Haram and find the young women. Those in the know say, as far as diplomacy is concerned, that they dare not criticize the Nigerian government in any way for all its inadequacies as that will interfere with the rescue of the women. So, not only are they struggling to do all they can to find these young women, but also now find themselves having to politely dance a jig around a swollen and proud governmental ego that simply persists in feeding itself with no care for the very people it is called to serve.

Sometimes, I’m afraid, we are far too quick to sacrifice the truth on the alter of diplomacy. Just maybe, for one moment, even though it was a bit over the top, Prince Charles thought, to hell with it.


About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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18 Responses to Prince Charles And Diplomacy

  1. nrhatch says:

    I am so glad that I am not next in line for the monarchy. I’d hate biting my tongue / lying in the interest of diplomacy.


  2. Robert says:

    Some of Putin’s actions do resemble Hitler’s, I hope he doesn’t go far enough to invoke a war 😦



  3. A very interesting perspective Don.

    I don’t think Putin is like Hitler though. He’s a jerk. yes. He has entitlement issues. He has delusions of grandeur. He thinks he’s above the law. He acts like he’s in the old soviet union. But Hitler was a special kind of pure evil.

    I do agree that diplomacy and political correctness go to far and often at the expense of truth.

    Diana xo


  4. Hudson Howl says:

    I think you can be truth, speak your mind and still be diplomatic. As for Charles, ooooops, Prince Charles putting a extra spoke in British diplomacy, British diplomacy seems so quiet, it’s as if its not there at all. I doubt Charles, oooops, Prince Charles’s opinion will factor into into international diplomatic circles little if at all, just fodder for media and the pub and park benches. I think your right, Charles, oooops, Prince Charles just said to hell with spoke his mind as citizen would and does. If his remarks sparks common ordinary persons to discuss and debate and think I say, “outta go Charles, ooops, Prince Charles”. Look what did for you Don. I think he knew what he was doing from the get go.

    I have a problem with diplomacy when it revolves around scoring brownie points for the domestic home front rather than resolving the issue at hand.


    • Don says:

      I agree with you Calvin there is a certain kind of diplomacy which actually resolves nothing. It simply seeks to create the impression that at least something is being done.


  5. darrelhoff says:

    very well said Don.


  6. Theo Coggin says:

    Some may think, as I do, that had the then British monarch uttered a few candid words about Hitler in the late 1930s, the Brits would have been more prepared for the Nazi onslaught and less enamoured with Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement which was disastrous. Charles is spot on.


    • Don says:

      Theo, thanks for that. So astute. That’s precisely it. In many cases when diplomacy simply leads to appeasement that does not necessarily mean problem solved. Appreciate your comment.


  7. Not having a Prince here–but more than enough who think they are kings–I didn’t take offense at his comment, as violence and cruelty for profit and advancement makes each of us draw a comparison with the worst of humanity.
    I’ve enjoyed reading the comments your post invoked.


  8. Well said, Don. The situations illustrate the corruption that absolute power results in. So much power that even leaders outside the countries involved take backward steps to avoid annoying the dictators. Prince Charles was right and I think he should be allowed to speak his mind, instead of having to be “politically correct” – which is, in effect toadying to the power-brokers.


    • Don says:

      Thanks Linda. Enjoyed your insight. As you say, often diplomacy does take backward steps. I suppose sometimes it has to, but then it also needs to know when not to. 🙂


  9. Val Boyko says:

    I was in the UK as the news came out. Charles was having a private conversation with an elderly lady who was in Poland during World War II. A journalist overheard his words with her ….
    Its so hard being in the public eye where words gets misconstrued and taken out of context!


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