Prince Charles makes sweet gesture in memory of his father Prince Philip

Prince Charles has made a generous donation to the Red Cross in remembrance of his father Prince Philip

Prince Charles
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Prince Charles has made a generous donation to the Red Cross in order to help people affected by wildfires in Greece, his father’s homeland. 


Wildfires have been raging across Greece in early August and thousands of Grecians have had to move out of their homes in order to seek safety.

In order to help these displaced individuals, Prince Charles has donated money to the Red Cross. The Prince is the president of the organization, which is providing aid to the victims of these wildfires.

The President of the Hellenic Red Cross, Antonios Avgerinos, spoke about how appreciative the Red Cross is for the Prince's generous donation.

"We are immensely grateful for His Royal Highness’ kind donation. It means a great deal to the dedicated staff of the HRC and to the people of Greece who we are helping," he said.

“We are working hard to assist affected people during these extremely difficult times, with the wildfires now affecting over 70,000 people."

“We hold a great affection towards His Royal Highness given his close family links with the country, and the HRC will continue to work tirelessly for the people of Greece who have suffered with these unprecedented wildfires.”

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Drone images of Evia, Greece after wildfires

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The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, was born on the Greek Island of Corfu in Mon Repos in 1921.

He was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, a title he inherited from his families who were part of the Greek and Danish royal family. However, his family was exiled from Greece when he was just 18 months old.

Throughout his life, the Prince only made occasional visits to Greece. Prince Philip's mother lived in Athens and the Prince would sometimes visit her there before she moved to the UK in the 1960s.

Prince Philip was once quoted as saying, “I certainly never felt nostalgic about Greece. A grandfather assassinated and a father condemned to death does not endear me to the perpetrators.” 

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Prince Philip of Greece, later Duke of Edinburgh, as a toddler, July 1922. 

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Despite the Duke of Edinburgh's fractious relationship with the country that once exiled him and his family, Prince Philip's son Prince Charles has spoken about his affection for the country.

"My wife and I could not be more delighted to be back in Greece, which has long held the most special place in my heart," said Prince Charles in March 2021 when he and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Athens.

“After all, Greece is the land of my grandfather; and of my father's birth, nearly one hundred years ago, in the centenary year of Greek Independence."

“Later, it was in Athens that my dear grandmother, Princess Alice, during the dark years of Nazi occupation, sheltered a Jewish family—an act for which in Israel she is counted as 'Righteous Among The Nations'."

Prince Charles has not commented on his donation and it is unknown exactly how much money makes up the 'kind donation.' 

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