6 Pictures That Prove They Used To Friends

It’s so embarrassing when you’re caught slagging off someone behind their back, you’ve got to see them soon and you know they know. More embarrassing when that plays out in front of the world’s media.

Just a few weeks after Prince Charles found his private remarks comparing Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler in conversation with a former Polish refugee on a Royal visit to Canada splashed across the papers, the two are due to meet.

Charles is due to see Putin when he attends the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6.

Prince Charles Compares Vladimir Putin’s Actions To Adolf Hitler

Speculation is now rife that the pair will not in fact come face-to-face, especially not now. The BBC’s Royal correspondent Peter Hunt suggested Charles is unlikely to be too ruffled by the furore, and would probably speak his mind again, but advisers are likely to take a less sanguine view.

Thus far, there has been no reaction from the Kremlin. But there was a time, before Russia’s annexation of Crimea, when Charles and Putin were not so estranged. Here’s the pictures that Charles seems to have conveniently forgotten.

  • Here they are on a romantic carriage ride

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  • Giggling like schoolgirls

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  • What? Where are you going? Aren’t you going to ride with me, Vlad?

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  • Sharing a private moment alone

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  • Vlad felt so comfortable around Charles, he wore his dressing gown

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  • They never let a woman come between them (that’s Putin’s ex-wife)

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  • George W. Bush: ‘I looked the man in the eye. I was able to get a sense of his soul.’

    Former US president <a href=”http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/1392791.stm” target=”_blank”>in 2001</a>.

  • Tony Blair once viewed Putin as ‘open, forward looking’ and a ‘moderniser’

    The then prime minister made the comments in <a href=”http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/692470.stm” target=”_blank”>2000</a>.

  • Silvio Berlusconi admired ‘Putin’s macho, decisive and authoritarian governing style’

    Former Italian prime minister in <a href=”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/silvio-berlusconi/10494736/Vladimir-Putin-plays-ball-with-Berlusconi-poodle.html” target=”_blank”>2001</a>.

  • Barack Obama praised the ‘extraordinary work’ done by Putin on behalf of Russian people

    Current US president in <a href=”http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=al7IO7sebEWA” target=”_blank”>2009</a>.

  • Gerhard Schroeder: Putin is a ‘flawless democrat’

    The former German chancellor says he <a href=”http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/spiegel-interview-with-ex-chancellor-gerhard-schroeder-i-m-anything-but-an-opponent-of-america-a-444069.html” target=”_blank”>stands by the comment</a>. He now works for Russian energy giant Gazprom.

  • Nicolas Sarkozy called Putin a ‘direct, courageous, determined man, capable of accepting and understanding’

    The then French president issued the praise in <a href=”http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jOUQDMJWJXyZh2-GgecESXI6LvJA” target=”_blank”>2007</a>.

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