Prince Charles just shared a moving story from his royal family’s history — a story that makes him proud to be the son of Prince Philip. Speaking at a reception for members of the U.K. Jewish community on December 5 at Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles explained that his father played a significant role in helping a young Jewish boy at his boarding school in Germany in the 1930s. Charles’ dad Philip was 12 years old when he attended the German boarding school in 1933, during Nazi control.
According to People, Charles explained that his father “helped an older schoolboy who had been identified as a Jew and badly mistreated by other boys,” the royal continued, “His act of compassion is a source of great pride and inspiration to me.”
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On the penultimate day of #RoyalVisitNZ, The Prince and The Duchess visited Cashmere High School with @jacindaardern. 📚 The school was greatly affected by the March 2019 mosque attacks, with seven people associated with the school killed, including two current students. Following a moving speech by Head Boy Okirano Tilaia, His Royal Highness addressed the students: “It seems to me that the only possible remedy for such understandable feelings of despair, is hope. Hope that love will triumph over hate, that understanding might dispel suspicion, and that the strength of our communities can prevail against all efforts to divide us. In this regard, my wife and I have been so greatly heartened by the way that the people of Christchurch, and of New Zealand, have come together in quiet but determined defiance of those who seek to sow such division. You have held hands, to support your neighbours and to demonstrate to the world that there is no place for hatred in this society.” . 📷 Clarence House / Picture 3 – PA 🎥 Clarence House
At the event, Charles also spoke about the “precious” connection the royals share with “our Jewish community.” Charles’ mother, Princess Alice of Greece, helped Jews flee that country, too.
“I am immensely proud that my dear grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece, is buried in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives,” Charles said. “She is counted one of the Righteous Among the Nations for her actions in 1943 when, in Nazi-occupied Athens, she saved a Jewish family by taking them into her home and hiding them. My grandmother was a formidable lady.”
Her life, Princess Alice of Greece, will be commemorated in the third season of Netflix’s The Crown.