The heir to the throne railed against the radicalisation of young British men by Islamist extremists as he launched an impassioned defence of Britain’s “Christian” heritage.
Telling British muslims that they should show more respect for “the values we hold dear,” the Prince revealed that he was terrified by the influence of radical preachers who spread their teachings on the internet.
In an unprecedented outburst, he said: “The radicalisation of people in Britain is a great worry, and the extent to which this is happening is alarming, particularly in a country like ours where we hold values dear.
“You would think the people who have come here, or are born here, and go to school here, would abide by those values and outlooks.”
He added that it was “frightening” that young British Muslims were being radicalised by “crazy stuff on the internet”.
The outspoken comments are a further sign that the Prince is not prepared to keep quiet on political causes close to his heart, despite assuming more and more responsibility from the Queen.
They came as he started a six-day tour of the Middle East in his mother’s place, during which he has been urged to speak out against the barbaric practises of some Gulf states.
It is understood that the Prince will challenge new Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud over the terrible punishment handed down to blogger Raif Badawi when the pair meet face to face this week.
The free-speech champion was sentenced to a thousand lashes and ten years in jail after being convicted of insulting Islam over comments he made on his website which were critical of the autocratic Saudi regime.
Diplomatic sources close to the Saudi crown say there is much more chance the new king will listen to a fellow royal than to a foreign political leader.
Speaking to BBC Radio 2’s The Sunday Hour ahead of touching down in Jordan last night, the Prince also called for an end to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
He told the show that if nothing was done, the time could soon come when “there are no Christians left in the Middle East,” adding: “They are intimidated to a degree you can’t believe.”
During the forthright interview, he said: “The tragedy is even greater because Christians have been in the Middle East for 2,000 years, before Islam came in the 8th Century.”
Islamic State terrorists have slaughtered thousands of Yazidis and Christians in Northern Iraq, whilst atrocities against Christians have been on the rise in other Muslim countries including Egypt.
The Prince also quashed speculation that he plans to give up the traditional ‘Defender of the Faith’ title, in favour of the more multicultural ‘Defender of Faiths’, when he becomes king.
Confirming his intention to take up his place as head of the Church of England – a tradition which dates back to Henry VIII – he said he would use the role to protect the free practice of all faiths.