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‘Troubled’ King Charles keen to being ‘peace broker’ amid racial tensions

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King Charles is said to want to keep his role as a “peace broker.” The British monarch was left “troubled” following the Asian Cup cricket match between Pakistan and India in Dubai in August, which resulted in multiple attacks between the Muslim and Hindu communities, including in Leicester, England.

And, after years of working to promote interfaith harmony as the Prince of Wales, the now-king – who ascended to the throne following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, on 8 September – was concerned this summer when “serious disorder” emerged in the city in the east midlands of England, with both anti-Muslim and Hindu insults reported, as well as bottle-smashing on the streets.

Charles hosted a reception for the British South Asian Community in Edinburgh last week, which senior police officers and community leaders attended.

And Leicester Chief Constable Rob Nixon would like to see Charles visit the city to help heal the rift between Muslims and Hindus.

“He hopes to build and promote interfaith and community dialogue and support.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, then-Prince Charles praised religious communities for their “wonderful work” during the global health crisis.

The 73-year-old royal said he was “so deeply struck” by how people demonstrated “fundamental human compassion and decency” and put aside differences to provide “vital” support to local communities.

He said at a virtual multi-faith conference hosted by the Commonwealth Jewish Council: “Faith communities do such wonderful work to help those in need and their members volunteer to care for the sick, give charity to the poor and help the most vulnerable around them.

“So often they are the main providers of vital welfare, of health and educational services to all sorts of people.

“They do this in service to God and to the community but also out of fundamental human compassion and decency.”

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