The Prince of Wales will be joined by his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, in their first overseas visit since the coronavirus pandemic. Charles is expected to address the pandemic, climate change and the legacy of World War Two in his speech. The royal visit comes as Brexit negotiations near their final deadline, with Britain set to leave the EU exit transition period on December 31.
Charles and Camilla will make their appearance at Berlin to mark Germany’s National Day of Mourning after World War Two ended 75 years ago.
The Prince is expected to highlight Britain and Germany’s historic friendship, and urge the two nations to stand “resolute in addressing acts of unspeakable cruelty”.
He will add: “We must stand alongside each other in determined defence of the future we owe our children and our grandchildren.
“We are heavily invested in each other’s futures, such that our national interests, whilst distinct, will always be entwined.”
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Charles will then speak about learning lessons from the war, and call on Germany and the UK to keep them in mind for the future.
He will say: “Let us reflect on all that we have been through together, and all that we have learned.
“Let us remember all victims of war, tyranny and persecution; those who laid down their lives for the freedoms we cherish, and those who struggle for these freedoms to this day.”
The Prince will also talk about how the crises of coronavirus, climate change, and “demand that we act together” as the partnership between the UK and Germany “offers such a vital opportunity in this regard”.
He will add: “We are heavily invested in each other’s futures, such that our national interests, whilst distinct, will always be entwined.”
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Last year, Charles explicitly stated the bond between Berlin and London “will, and must endure” despite ongoing Brexit tensions.
Marking Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday, he hailed Germany as the UK’s “natural partner” and praised its strength.
He added: “Today, we are so much more than simply neighbours: we are friends and natural partners, bound together by our common experience, mutual interests and shared values, and deeply invested in each other’s futures.
“Whatever is negotiated and agreed between governments and institutions, it is more clear to me than it has ever been, that the bonds between us will, and must, endure.”
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Brexit trade deal talks are still ongoing, with EU negotiator Michel Barnier landing in London last week to meet with Lord David Frost to try and finalise an agreement.
Redline issues remain in place between the UK and EU, with fishing rights and state aid rules leading to a deadlock between the two powers.
Mr Barnier taunted Prime Minister Boris Johnson with a tweet mocking the leader’s claims of a “level playing field” in a photo opportunity.
He posted a picture of himself in Regent’s Park with the caption: “Short break from intense EU-UK negotiations in London. Went looking for level playing fields…”
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Charles has not publicly commented on Brexit, as royal protocol prevents the Prince from getting involved in political matters.
But German commentators have claimed the Prince has been deployed as a “secret weapon” to ease tensions with the EU.
Political journalist and author Alexander von Schönburg said on a talkshow: “What does the Foreign Office come up with? ‘We have to deploy our secret weapon and send royals to Berlin to put Merkel in a good mood.’
“Because they are expecting, and for good reason, that Germany is an important voice within the EU.
“And if Berlin shows a bit of sympathy with the Brits during this last phase of the EU negotiations and says ‘let’s not be so strict regarding the fishing rights and let’s accommodate them regarding Ireland,’ then this could be a breakthrough.”