Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have now been forced to cancel a planned royal visit to the country of Burma, amid huge tension within the country.
The royal couple had planned to visit the south-east Asian country as part of their annual autumn tour, despite continual concerns for the trip given the turmoil over rumours of ‘ethnic cleansing’ in the country.
In Burma, it’s said that half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled to nearby Bangladesh, in order to avoid a military operation which is rumoured to be taking part in ethnic cleansing.
Clarence House announced that the couple would be making an 11-day trip to Singapore, and then would be going on to Malaysia, with the tour ending in India. Last month, it was said that the country of Burma would also be included in their plans, despite reservations. However, it’s now been confirmed that the royals will not visit the country.
The Prince’s deputy private secretary, Scott Furssedonn-Wood, announced, “Their royal highnesses are delighted to be returning to India and to be visiting Singapore and Malaysia for the first time together.”
The trip is said to be being undertaken at the request of the Foreign Office, as many of the royal families tours abroad are.
Speaking about why Burma was eventually not included in the couple’s final travel plans, Philip Malone of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, simple explained that they had decided to go wth other options. He said, “For a tour like this you look at a range of options and we decided to go with Singapore and Malaysia.”
Prince Charles and the Queen have enjoyed a close relationship with the country’s leader, Aung San Sui Kyi in the past. Most recently, the monarch welcomed her to Buckingham Palace for an official visit, and in May, Prince Charles and Camilla welcomed Burma’s leader to their home.
(The Queen and Prince William with Burma’s leader, Aung San Sui Kyi)
While Aung San Sui Kyi is not in charge of the country’s military operations, some have criticised the leader for not speaking out over the rumoured ‘ethnic cleansing’ going on.