Prince Charles values Islamic contributions to society and prays for peace in the Middle East in Arabic.
The Prince of Wales has taken a special interest in the unrest in Iran and would like to visit the country again after last traveling to the Islamic Republic on a 2004 British Red Cross mission to help locals recovering from an earthquake.
"I know that Iran has been such an important part of the world for so many centuries and has contributed so much to human knowledge, culture, poetry, art. I mean, really remarkable people," Charles told the United Kingdom’s Sunday Times. "I have always been fascinated by Islamic culture and architecture and craftsmanship for a long time."
Protests have rocked Iran after the regime admitted to shooting down a passenger jet and killing all 176 people on board, including dozens of Iranian citizens, earlier this month. The regime had attempted to cover up its culpability in the incident for days, suggesting that the pilots appeared to be flying erratically after the jet took off.
The Iranian lie fell apart after video surfaced showing a missile striking the aircraft before it crashed into the ground. On Jan. 11, the regime said that the plane was "unintentionally" shot down by its military, which was launching ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases housing American troops at the time.
The missiles into Iraq were meant as retaliation for a U.S. drone strike that took out Iran’s top general and terror leader Qassem Soleimani. After admitting to downing the aircraft, Iran tried to shift blame to the United States for its “adventurism.”
Protesters stormed the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities, calling on the regime to stop lying to its people and radically reform the government. Similar protests took place in November, which government security forces cracked down on by reportedly massacring hundreds of protesters and arrested thousands more.
Charles said he prayed "very hard all the time" for peace in Iran and the Middle East. He added that sometimes he would even pray in Arabic, using the word "inshallah," meaning "God willing."
"I do think the most important thing [in the region] is a just and lasting peace," the heir to the British throne said.