Britain's 'Daily Mail' Reports on Russian Attack on British Empire Nazi Links
May 25, 2014 • 7:57AM

Prince Charles has finally done one good thing. His remark falsely comparing Putin to Hitler has unleashed an attack from Russia, which has generally refused to criticize the British Empire, on Prince Charles and the Royal Family, which is apparently finding resonance in Britain itself.

The May 22 issue of the Daily MailOnLine runs a story entitled "Kremlin Launches Extraordinary New Attack on Prince Charles Accusing Him of 'Historical Ignorance.'" The Daily Mail reproduces in full the graphics displayed in a Russia Today broadcast which documents the Royal Family's own links to the Nazis. In the broadcast senior political correspondent Anissa Naouai tells viewers: "If anyone knows real Nazis, it's the Royal family."

As the Daily Mail reports, she introduces a video graphic of a royal family tree, featuring Queen Elizabeth II, Edward VIII, Charles and Prince Harry. She first points to a photograph of the Duke of Windsor - Charles's great uncle - visiting Hitler at his Obersatzberg retreat in 1937, shortly after abdicating as Edward VIII. She adds that his wife, Wallis Simpson, "hung out with Hitler." She goes on to note that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh's sister, Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark was married to an SS officer, although the Mail cuts the famous photo of Philip marching with his Nazi-uniformed brothers-in-law in the funeral cortege of another sister, Cecile; and ends showing the photo of Prince Harry wearing a Nazi uniform to a Halloween costume party in 2005.

The Mail also reports that descendants of the toppled Russian Imperial House have criticized Charles saying: "It is very regrettable that His Royal Highness has worded this in such a way." The Romanovs are now headed by the Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, the great-great granddaughter of Tsar Alexander II. She recently backed the return to Russia of Crimea.

"It is very easy to compare somebody with negative odious characters of the past," said Alexander Zakatov, head of administration of Russian Imperial House of Romanov, referring to Charles's Hitler jibe. "But you must offer your reason, prove that you know the history and then, basing yourself on certain facts, you can make statements. And if you are able to prove something, your position will be respected. The Grand Duchess has offered her reasoning why the Crimea had always been with Russia. And that it was a tragic mistake of the 20th century that suddenly Crimea was out of Russia. The Grand Duchess offered her viewpoint in a soft way, and what Prince Charles said was just empty rhetoric."

The Daily Mail points out that "The last tsar and his immediate family were murdered by the Bolsheviks after their cousins, the British royal family, had declined to offer them exile."

The Daily Mail also points out that to compare Putin to Hitler is even more insulting since the Soviets lost 26 million defeating the Nazis and in the case of Putin himself, his elder brother Viktor, died during the siege of Leningrad.

The boy, who was around a year old at the time, died of diphtheria in a childrens home. He was taken from his family during the 872-day siege, one of the bloodiest and most destructive of the Second World War.

According to the Daily Mail, Putin spoke about his brother two years ago on a visit to a cemetery in the city, now St Petersburg.

He said: "My brother, whom I have never seen and did not know, was buried here. I don't even know where exactly. My parents told me that children were taken from their families in 1941 and my mother had a child taken from her—with the goal of saving him. They said he had died, but they never said where he was buried."

His brother's death, which took place before he was born, gives Putin a personal link to one of the great events of Russian history. Some 650,000 people died of starvation in the city between 1941 and 1944. In January, Putin honored the victims of the Siege at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of its lifting in St Petersburg.

He told survivors: "Without those who worked on the erection of the defensive lines, without those who worked in the factories, without volunteers and units that were formed by the citizens of Leningrad, I know this from my own family history, without these people victory would have been impossible."

According to the Daily Mail, Maria Zakharova, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: "Prince Charles and Prince Harry have a special kind of relation with Nazism, I must say."