Prince Charles has come out swinging in the fight against home-grown terrorism. The ageing member of the British Royalty has discussed radicalisation on the home front, teetering on the edge of a truly dark social and moral abyss. In essence, the Prince blamed “the internet” for radicalising Britain’s youth, while simultaneously advising a cautious path ahead.
In the revealing interview with BBC Radio 2’s The Sunday Hour, Prince Charles comfortably discussed geo-politics in one of the most troubled regions in the world. But instead of treading lightly, the entitled royal may have accidentally poured gasoline over an already incendiary issue.
“The radicalisation of people in Britain is a great worry, and the extent to which this is happening is alarming, particularly in a country like ours where we hold values dear,” he explained. “You would think the people who have come here, or are born here, and go to school here, would abide by those values and outlooks.”
He continued the discussion by turning his attention to the medium, rather than the message. “But the frightening part is that people can be so radicalised, either through direct contact with somebody, or through the internet. There is an extraordinary amount of crazy stuff on the internet and clearly some people get particularly affected by it and join with others. I can see some of this radicalisation is a search for adventure and excitement at a particular age.”
Though the issue is far more intricate and subtle, the Prince did appear to have an understanding of the difficulty involved in curbing radicalisation amongst a youth population that feels isolated and marginalised within mostly white, Anglo-Saxon England. In the end, he advised that Britons shouldn’t “just sweep it under the carpet”, but that British citizens should be conscious of “the distortions that are made of great religions”.
It’s a tough topic, and one that very few people want to talk about. Pundits and other insiders say the interview will not likely endear the Prince to the public, who are hyper-aware of the social influences once exerted by their aristocracy.
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