Russian and British diplomats are to meet and discuss comments reportedly made by Prince Charles about President Vladimir Putin.
Prince Charles is said to have likened some Nazi actions in Europe to Vladimir Putin’s policies, during a conversation with a former Polish war refugee.
It is believed the Russian embassy has asked for clarification of the remarks.
A Foreign Office spokesman said an official would meet Russia’s deputy ambassador for talks on Thursday.
Prince Charles reportedly made the comments during a conversation with Marienne Ferguson at an immigration museum in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she works.
They had been discussing Hitler’s takeover of countries when Ms Ferguson said the prince remarked “something to the effect of ‘it’s not unlike… what Putin is doing,'”.
Prince Charles and President Vladimir Putin are both due to attend a D-Day anniversary event in France next month.
Clarence House would not comment on what it said was a private conversation.
“But we would like to stress that the Prince of Wales would not seek to make a public political statement during a private conversation,” it said.
On Monday, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Pier 21, Canada’s national immigration museum in Halifax, during their four-day tour of the country.
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