I was pleased to read David Lee’s description of Prince Charles’s remarks about President Putin as ‘unfortunate’ (Letters to the Editor, 26 June , 2014) , although personally I would have used a slightly stronger adjective. Prince Charles and the royal family are financed by taxpayers’ money and one of their most important functions is to represent us as super-diplomats.
It has been estimated that around 20 million Russians died in the war against Hitler so to brand their present leader as a Nazi must be the worst possible insult anyone could think of. I cannot understand why more commentators have not condemned the Prince’s totally undiplomatic remarks, just days before the two leaders were due to coincide at the D-Day commemorations in France.
We should be trying to get closer to Russia as both our countries (and to a lesser extent China) face increasing threats from Islamic terrorism. I fear Anglo-Russian cooperation in this area has suffered a severe setback. And then there is our attempt to meddle in the Ukraine, but Mr Lee dealt with that in his letter.