Prince Charles heartbreak: Prince speaks out in rare newspaper opinion piece

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The Prince of Wales sent his “heartfelt wishes to the people of Greece” in an opinion piece for the Greek daily newspaper Ta Nea.

He wrote: “The resilience of Greece and her people has been tested before, and I hope that the country will once again emerge with renewed vigour and optimism.

“When that moment comes and the world has made its way through this challenging time, my wife and I do so hope to visit Greece and to see you all again.

“Until we meet again.”

The heir apparent also recalled the first time he visited the European country more than five decades ago and said it left a “vivid impression” on him.

Prince Charles’ grandfather, Prince Andrew, was born in Tatoi Palace on the outskirts of Athens in 1882.

And over the years, Charles has honoured his grandfather’s heritage by setting up a number of charitable causes.

His international trust aims to provide up to 4,000 young people in Greece to get into employment.

It also offers the opportunity for them to develop their own businesses or improve opportunities and reach their full potential by 2023.

Prince Charles hopes the new schemes will ensure the deadly coronavirus pandemic is prevented from “defining the prospects of an entire generation”.

Shortly after Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, visited Greece in 2018, the region of Attica was ravaged by devastating fires.

His Royal Highness said: “The tragic loss of life and distressing aftermath caused by these fires compelled me to offer some assistance, however small, to help the region take its first steps towards rebuilding.”

Charles has previously spoken about his family connection to Greece and during a visit in 2018, the Prince of Wales dubbed the country the land of his grandfather.

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He said: “For my part, my own connections to Greece have particular meaning – after all, it is the land of my grandfather…

“In Britain, as across the Western World, the profound influence of Greece has, since ancient times, shaped the way we think, the way we build, the way we learn and the way we govern.

“The ties between our two countries run deep, and today are as strong and as vital as they have ever been.

“In an uncertain world, these bonds between our countries and our people are of the greatest importance – and will endure, as our relationship evolves in the years ahead.

“I thank you once again for your heartfelt and warm reception to your country, which is always so hospitable.

“I raise my glass to everyone’s health, and to the welfare and friendship of our two peoples. Long live Greece! Long Live the United Kingdom!”

Prince Charles recently expressed concerns about future generations missing out on education due to coronavirus lockdown.

Charles, the founder of the Prince’s Trust, said last month it could be “devastating” for people under the age of 25.

He said: “When I founded my trust 44 years ago, the problems facing young people through unemployment and a lack of support were serious.

“Now, I fear, those problems have gone from serious to potentially devastating.”

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