Charles and his wife Camilla will be hosting Mr Macron later this week, in one of their first face-to-face engagements since the pandemic began. The couple will welcome Mr Macron at Clarence House on behalf of the Government, in an effort to celebrate the 80th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle appeal for wartime help in 1940. The occasion is considered one of the most important moments in France’s history.
Charles and Camilla also shared a significant moment of grief with Mr Macron only last year, when the iconic French cathedral Notre Dame caught fire.
In a letter to the French premier, Charles explained: “My wife and I were utterly heartbroken to learn of the terrible fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral this evening and wanted to let you know immediately how much we are thinking of yourself and the French people at this most agonising of times, and of the emergency services who are so bravely tackling the blaze.”
He called the fire a “shattering tragedy” after the building lost its famous 800-year-old spire and the oak roof beams.
Mr Macron said there were approximately 500 firefighters who helped tackle the blaze — one was seriously injured while two were hurt.
Charles could also empathise with the collective state of mourning which France felt at the time, after the tragic fire which engulfed Windsor Castle in 1992.
In his letter to Mr Macron, the Prince of Wales added: “Our hearts go out to you and the people of France more than you can ever know, especially in view of our experience with the devastating fire at Windsor Castle 27 years ago.
“We send you our most profound sympathy, however inadequate that may be.”
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The event itself raised potential questions with the monarchy itself, as the Queen decided she ought to contribute towards income tax.
It cost £36.5million to repair after more than 100 rooms were damaged.
The incident led to the opening of Buckingham Palace for public tours which would contribute towards the restoration work of the castle — the Queen then paid towards the costs of the rebuild herself.
Prince Andrew said at the time: “Her Majesty is absolutely devastated.”
Mr Macron is hoping that the monument will be restored within five years, as Windsor Castle was.
Mr Macron also promised: “We’ll rebuild this cathedral all together and it’s undoubtedly part of the French destiny and the project we’ll have for the coming years.
“That’s what the French expect, because it’s what our history deserves.”
Billionaires from around the world have also promised to contribute towards Notre Dame’s full return.