(Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Britain’s Prince Charles on Saturday of unacceptable and unroyal behaviour by comparing him with Adolf Hitler over Russia’s stance in Ukraine.
Putin said he had not heard the comment, made by the prince to a Jewish woman who fled Poland during World War Two, but asked reporters to pass on a message to the heir-to-the-British throne and the country’s Prime Minister David Cameron.
“This is not royal behaviour,” Putin told journalists from Reuters and other international news agencies at the Konstantinovsky Palace, built in the 18th and 19th centuries on the coast of the Gulf of Finland outside St Petersburg, Russia’s former imperial capital.
“If you are angry, this means you are wrong. I have not heard this remark. If (it was said), then it is unacceptable. I think he himself realises that. He is a well-brought-up person.