UK's Prince Charles says invasion of Ukraine is "brutal aggression"

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LONDON, March 1 (Reuters) - Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, on Tuesday called Russia's invasion of Ukraine a "brutal aggression," and expressed his solidarity with Ukrainians resisting the attack.

Queen Elizabeth's eldest son made the remarks during a speech commemorating British lawmaker David Amess who was murdered last year. He called that an "attack on democracy, on an open society, on freedom itself" and compared it to events in Ukraine.

"We are seeing those same values under attack today in Ukraine in the most unconscionable way. In the stand we take here, we are in solidarity with all those who are resisting brutal aggression," Charles, 73, said.

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Britain's Prince Charles looks on after arriving to join Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (not pictured), as she visits the Medway Aircraft Preservation Society (MAPS) at Rochester Airport, in Kent, Britain February 2, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra/Pool

Members of the royal family rarely get involved in political matters, adhering instead to the constitutional norm that they should remain neutral.

However on Saturday, Prince William, Charles's son, and his wife Kate said on Saturday they stood with the people of Ukraine as they "bravely fight" the invasion by Russia. read more

In 2014, Charles caused a diplomatic row when his private remarks that Russian President Vladimir Putin was "doing just about the same as Hitler” became public.

Charles made those comments after Russia's annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea province, prompting criticism from the Russian foreign ministry who said the comments were "unacceptable, outrageous" and did not reflect well on the future British monarch.

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Writing by William Schomberg and William James; Editing by Kate Holton and Michael Holden

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