Prince Charles has spoken of his deep concern at the radicalisation of British Muslim youngsters through the internet and extremist preachers at home and abroad.
The prince said he was “frightened” by the number of youngsters born and raised in Britain who found themselves drawn to the violent Islamism of terror groups such as al-Qaeda and Isis, or Islamic State (IS).
He spoke as he arrived in Jordan for a six-day tour of the Middle East.
One of his first acts was to meet last night with leaders of the region’s minority Christian community, which has faced increasing persecution against its members.
Prince Charles told BBC Radio 2’s The Sunday Hour: “I have deep concern for what so many of the Eastern Christian Churches are going through in the Middle East. I just felt it was very important to show that sympathy with them.”
The Prince of Wales said there was an urgent need to do more to stop young people becoming radicalised.
He said: “The extent to which this is happening is alarming. Particularly in a country like ours where you know the values we hold dear. You think the people who have come here, been born here, go to school here, would abide by those values.”
His visit coincided with one of the most tense periods in Jordan’s history, following the murder of one of its air force pilots by IS and the execution of two jihadists in retaliation.
He also suggested that when he becomes king he may still be sworn in as Defender of the (Anglican) Faith – following years of speculation that the title could be changed to encompass all faiths.
However, he insisted that an important part of the role was to be a “protector” of every religion in Britain.