For years, Prince Charles has been famous for embracing all religions and faiths. From issuing warnings that the world was starting to forget the lessons of the Holocaust to saluting the consecration of the Syriac Orthodox Cathedral in London, the future king never shied away from speaking out in defence of all convictions and beliefs.
The latest example of the prince’s empathy towards other religions has emerged in Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, a new biography by Sally Bedell Smith. In the book, the American historian claims that the heir to the throne tried to halt the American invasion of Afghanistan in 2011 to allow a peaceful observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
According to William Farish, the US ambassador to London between 2001 and 2004, the Prince asked for the appeal to be communicated to the then President George W Bush, who sanctioned the military campaign following the September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York.
“Prince Charles asked me if it would be possible to stop the invasion to honour Ramadan,’’ Mr Farish is quoted in the book. ‘’And if I could convey that request to President Bush.’’
The diplomat said his response was to ask the royal if he was being serious, adding that it ‘’would be problematic to stop the invasion.’’ To this, the prince allegedly said, “but Americans can do anything.”
The extraordinary exchange, according to the book, came one month after the start of the invasion and without British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s knowledge. A spokeswoman for the prince refused to comment on the allegations.
Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life gives an insight into the Prince’s life, including his marriage to the late Princess Diana and his relationship with the younger generation of royals. The book is set to be released on 4 April.