Prince Charles of England could become the first member of the British Royal Family to visit Cuba

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HAVANA, Dec. 9th Prince Charles of England could become the first member of the British Royal Family to visit Cuba during a historic official tour in 2019.

Although the visit to the island is still in its planning stage and has not been confirmed, the British press has indicated that government officials from both countries would have “high hopes” that the news will become official in the coming months.

Now it has transpired that Carlos met last month with the Cuban leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel, in Clarence House, during the brief transit that the Cuban leader made in London on the return of his tour of Asia. Diplomatic sources consider that the meeting between Carlos of England and the Cuban leader at that time would have been an extremely positive sign of rapprochement that could bear fruit.

The trip of Carlos de England to Cuba, which would be part of a large-scale tour that will be carried out by the heir to the British throne through the Caribbean, would have been unthinkable a few years ago. However, in 2016 Barack Obama became the first American president to visit the island in 88 years, a trip that British media consider that paved the way for other figures of international significance to follow that trail.

Since Queen Elizabeth II (92 years old) no longer travels abroad, Prince Charles’s official travels are similar to a state visit, and in this particular case it would also be seen as an important step forward in the United Kingdom relations with the Island.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office considers the royal tours an important weapon in its diplomatic arsenal, a deployment often referred to as “soft power.”

The Daily Mail considers that many royals, and especially Carlos, have the ability to open doors in places in the world where politicians can not, and that pave the way for high-level negotiations.

However, Carlos (70), who would go to Cuba accompanied by his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall (71 years old), “will have to be careful, since it is likely that the unprecedented visit will be seen with caution in the United States “, they affirm from the aforementioned newspaper.

Beyond precautions, diplomats from the United Kingdom hope that the news will be confirmed and that the visit of a member of the British royalty will serve to extend the presence of that country in Cuba, particularly once Britain has left the European Union.

Diplomatic sources indicate that the British Government will be willing, in addition, to encourage a “more modern, open and free” Cuba.

It is not the one of Carlos of England the only visit of a European monarchy that could receive Cuba in 2019, because just over three weeks ago it was announced that both the Spanish Royal House and the Government of Pedro Sánchez would be considering the possibility that King Felipe VI officially travel to Havana in 2019, coinciding with the central events for the celebration of the 500 years of the city’s founding.