HRH the Prince of Wales has claimed he will maintain his mother’s title as ‘Defender of the Faith’ in a BBC interview.
The Heir Apparent had been widely expected to alter the title when he accedes to the throne, calling himself ‘Defender of all faiths’. However, in the interview with BBC Radio 2’s The Sunday hour programme, Prince Charles claimed that the title, albeit with its Christian heritage, could still be relevant for other faiths in this country.
The Prince told presenter Diane Louise Jordan of his growing concern for Christians living in the Middle East and the need to build bridges between people of different religions.
He told her that he was anxious to prevent young British Muslims from becoming radicalised, saying, ‘This is one of the greatest worries, I think, and the extent to which this is happening is the alarming part.
‘And particularly in a country like ours, where you know the values we hold dear. You think that the people who have come here, born here, go to school here, would abide by those values and outlooks. The frightening part is that people can be so radicalised either by contact with somebody else or through the internet’.
Speaking of his own understanding of building bridges through faith, HRH said, ‘We have to remember that our Lord taught us to love our neighbour, to do to others as you would do to you, and just to go on, despite the setbacks, and despite the discouragement, to try and build bridges and to show justice and kindness to people’.
In a statement after the interview, Ms Jordan said, ‘In my view, Prince Charles is inspired by Jesus’ teaching about loving our neighbour. His Royal Highness expressed some powerful ideas’.
The comments about building bridges came a month after it was reported by US-based Christian Aid Mission that Muslims in Syria and Iraq, who have been witness to the terror of Islamic State and the Christian’s response, are turning to Christ.