In a year-end message, the Prince of Wales expressed his concerns about a rise in populism which may lead to a modern version of the 1930s’ “dark days.” On Wednesday, Prince Charles said in a BBC interview that he worries about the rise of religious hatred worldwide. He also urged governments to welcome refugees fleeing oppression.
He told a BBC reporter that the dark days of the 1930s seem to have modern-day echoes as populist groups worldwide persecute minority faiths. He added that his parents’ contemporaries fought and died in a war against “monstrous extremism” which sought Jewish extermination across Europe.
The Prince stopped short of providing names of groups or individuals that promote such extremism. Analysts believe that he might point to the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. and the tremendously popular national movements across the Atlantic.
Charles underlined that by people that flee oppression he understands Christians, Jews, Yazidis, and Muslim sects. He added that the U.N. estimates 5.8 million more refugees left their homelands in 2015 than a year prior. In total, 65.3 million people fled their countries last year alone. This equals the entire population of the U.K., the Prince said.
He underlined that the suffering of those people doesn’t end in a foreign country because of persecution. Prince Charles couldn’t believe that after seven decades people still engage in “such evil persecution.” After making a call to ending the persecution, he said we shouldn’t repeat “the horrors of the past.”
It is not the first time, however, that a member of the royal family delivers a chilling message around Christmas. In her last year’s Christmas message, Queen Elisabeth expressed her deep regrets over Princess Diana’s death.
The live broadcast of the Queen is aired live at 03:00 p.m. GMT on BBC on every Christmas Day. Some conspiracy theorists said last year that the Queen hinted the 2015 Christmas would be the humanity’s last, but BBC canceled the take. “I hope you enjoy your final Christmas,” the Queen supposedly said before the transmission was cut. Later in the day, the message was edited to skip that part, sources claim. Last year, 7.8 million Britons watched the broadcast.
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