When Prince Charles and his wife Camilla gain a foothold in Havana on Sunday, they will make history by embarking on the first official visit by members of the British royal family to Cuba. However, they do so at a time when much of the Western world denounces Cuba's role in the developing political and humanitarian crisis in its close socialist partner, Venezuela.
A journey that seemed impossible just a few years ago, before former US President Barack Obama and former Cuban President Raul Castro thawed for over half a century of tense relations between their North American neighbors and their allies. But since this breakthrough in 2016, the world is a whole different place.
President Donald Trump has reversed many of Obama's policies toward Cuba and reintroduced travel and trade restrictions. His sharp rhetoric has only become more aggressive since the presidential crisis in Venezuela. The role of Cuban military and intelligence advisors serving the controversial regime of President Nicolas Maduro is one of the main concerns of the US government and its allies.
"For decades, the socialist dictatorships of Cuba and Venezuela have been a very corrupt trade," Trump said in February, adding, "Maduro is not a Venezuelan patriot, he's a Cuban puppet."
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continued this month: "No nation has done more to sustain the death and daily misery of ordinary Venezuelans, including the Venezuelan military and their families, than the communists in Havana."
Against this backdrop of American animosity, Prince Charles and the The Duchess of Cornwall spent four days in Cuba "the growing bilateral relationship with Great Britain and some cultural ties between the two countries," said a royal spokesman.
But while Charles and Camilla are the ones they are not I have to dine with politicians in Havana's Palacio de la Revolucion, the British government is responsible for sending them there.
"The royal family does not make these decisions," says Andrew Lewer, a member of the British Parliament for the ruling conservative party. "It's the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, so the royal family itself should not be blamed for it." "Our friends in the United States, the many Cubans in Florida, will rightly be confused when the British royal family visit and move on At a time when these despicable acts are taking place. "
Another Conservative MP, Julian Lewis, says the visit will be unpleasant for the British heir to the throne:" It is not a Monarch monarch on a royal visit to He will constantly have to balance the need to act diplomatically with the danger of supporting the regime and using it as a propaganda tool. "
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This rapprochement with relations with Cuba could not be anything but the vociferous one in Washington. Prince Charles is planning a visit to Cuba. Senator Rick Scott says he should visit Florida instead. Prince Charles plans to visit Cuba. Senator Rick Scott says he should visit Florida instead. 19659014 Former Governor of Florida and now US Senator Rick Scott has written to British Prime Minister Theresa May to protest the royal visit, and is stunned by the timing. I would like to acknowledge Juan Guaido as the new president of Venezuela, if we all know that the Castro regime is the one who supports Maduro, dictator in Venezuela … and at the same time the regime's prince, who has an incredible influence worldwide, is going to blow up the regime? "
Sen. Scott suggested that Prince Charles was to meet with dissidents in Cuba and take a page from President Trump's book: "He says, 'I will fight for freedom and democracy' and that's exactly what Prince Charles should do." [19659002ForthosedaysnomeetingwithCastrodernorthefirstsecretaryoftheCommunistPartythePrinceandtheHerzoginbecamethecurrentpresidentMiguelDiaz-CanelItisofcourseasensitivetimeforGreatBritainasTheresaMayplaysforBrexitinthefinalRoyalvisitsshouldcontinuetoplayakeyroleinBritain'sinternationalrelationsespeciallyintheyearsimmediatelyfollowinghisdeparturefromtheEuropeanUnion
But it is the time of this historic royal visit that makes him so controversial – especially as Britain seeks trade deal after Brexit. Trump is unlikely to enjoy pictures of one of Britain's most respected representatives enjoying Havana's hospitality.