Prince Charles Brazenly Likens Vladimir Putin To Adolf Hitler, But It's Just The Latest Of His Many, Many Snafus
Uh-oh. During a four-day tour of Canada, Britain's very own Prince Charles brazenly likened Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler. Worse, Charles apparently did so at a reception for World War II veterans, held at a museum in Halifax. Museum volunteer Marienne Ferguson, who fled the Nazis and escaped to Canada when she was 13, told press: "I had finished showing him the exhibit and talked with him about my own family background and how I came to Canada. The prince then said 'And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler.'"
Face palm. It's assumed that the prince was referring to Putin's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, and comparing it to Hitler's expansion of Nazi Germany. Which is, in fairness, a comparison that many politicians have made before, including Hillary Clinton, Sen. John McCain, and Sen. Marco Rubio.
Ferguson herself echoed the sentiment to reporters: "I must say that I agree with him and am sure a lot of people do. I was very surprised that he made the comment as I know they [the royal family] aren't meant to say these things, but it was very heartfelt and honest."
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage told the BBC, "There are times when it might be better for Prince Charles not to get involved in things like this." And Labour MP Mike Gapes tweeted:
Britain's former ambassador to Russia, Sir Tony Brenton, also shot down Charles's comparison. Speaking to BBC News, Brenton said: "Russia is having quite a nationalist moment, but the judgment that Putin is behaving like Hitler, is very mistaken. The annexation of Crimea was entirely illegal and wrong but to say that that leads us in the direction of a revanchist Russia — the bear being on the prowl again — is a grotesque exaggeration."
Sure, Prince Charles's remark on Putin being Hitler 2.0 has caused an uproar, but it's certainly not the first time a member of the British monarchy has uttered something that's made the world go: "Maybe you should sit this round out, bro." Here are some of Prince Charles and Prince Philip's best verbal blunders: the father-son edition.
Prince Charles: "Is This Thing On?"
In 2005, Prince Charles infamously griped about the media ... in front of the media, unaware that a nearby microphone was on. According to the BBC, after answering BBC Royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell's question about his upcoming wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles, the prince was heard saying over the mic: "These bloody people. I can't bear that man. I mean, he's so awful, he really is."
Prince Philip: Not a Madonna Fan
After being told that Madonna was singing the Die Another Day theme song in 2002, Prince Philip quipped, "Are we going to need ear plugs?"
Prince Charles: An Attentive Gardener
When asked about his gardening skills during a television interview in 1986, Charles shared, "I just come and talk to the plants, really – very important to talk to them, they respond I find."
Prince Philip: Not a Cat Fan
In 1965, Philip was part of a project to protect turtle doves in Anguilla. This was his brilliant contribution: "Cats kill far more birds than men. Why don’t you have a slogan: 'Kill a cat and save a bird?'"
Prince Charles: People Don't Understand Environmentalists
During a speech at the European Year of the Environment Eyecatcher Awards in 1988, Charles lamented, "It would seem to me that there is still a prejudiced misconception in certain circles that people concerned with the environment, and what happens to this Earth, are bearded, be-sandalled, shaven-headed mystics who retreat every now and then to the Hebrides or the Kalahari Desert to examine their navels and commune with the natives!"
And as for Prince Philip...
Over the years, Prince Philip has accumulated a pretty extensive and diverse collection of quotes involving a blatant stereotype.
- In 1994, Philip asked someone from the Cayman Islands if he was "descended from pirates."
- In 1998, he asked a student who had been backpacking in Papua New Guinea, "You managed not to get eaten then?"
- In 2002, he asked a group of Australian aborigines, "Do you still throw spears at each other?"
- During a conversation with a Scottish driving instructor, he inquired, "How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?"
- During a 1986 visit to China, he infamously told a group of British students that they would become ‘slitty-eyed’ if they remained in the country any longer.
- Philip reportedly made a 13-year-old boy cry when he told him he would have to lose weight in order to fulfill his ambition of becoming an astronaut.