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Maori warriors greet Charles and Camilla in New Zealand

Prince Charles and Camilla are greeted by a Maori warrior Credit: PA

Fearsome warriors greeted the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall with a spectacular haka during a welcome ceremony to the home of the Maori nation.

Charles and Camilla were celebrated by their hosts at the royal riverside residence of Kiingi Tuheitia.

Prince of Wales Credit: Reuters

The couple arrived at the complex wearing korowai, cloaks made of kiwi feathers, that had been given to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1953.

The royal couple have since continued to Auckland where they plan to spend the afternoon before leaving the country on Wednesday ending their seven-day tour.

Prince Charles 'black spider' letters can be made public

Prince of Wales Credit: PA Wire

The Supreme Court has ruled a series of letters written by the Prince of Wales to government ministers can be published.

The decision overturns an earlier ruling made by the Attorney General, which was upheld by the High Court, preventing the publication of the so-called 'Black Spider' memos.

Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger said there was a "fundamental composite principle" behind the court's reasons for dismissing the appeal.

He announced: "That principle is that a decision of a judicial body should be final and binding and should not be capable of being overturned by a member of the executive."

A Freedom of Information Tribunal had ruled in 2012 that the letters, so named after the Prince's distinctive handwriting and abundant use of underlining and exclamation marks, could be published but the Attorney General had prevented the publication.


Prince Charles 'avoids question' on Putin Hitler remark

The Prince of Wales has appeared to ignore a question on recent reported comments comparing Russian president Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler.

A reporter asked: "What do you make of Mr Putin's comments about you today?" A spokeswoman for the Prince of Wales declined to comment on Mr Putin's criticism.

Putin sends message to 'man of manners' Charles

Vladimir Putin described Prince Charles' reported comments as "unacceptable". Credit: RTV

Vladimir Putin sent a direct personal message to Prince Charles when questioned today over the future King's reported comparison of him to Adolf Hitler.

The Russian President said: "Give my words to Prince Charles. He has been to our country more than once - if he made such a comparison, it is unacceptable and I am sure he understands that as a man of manners."

Mr Putin said: "It reminds me of a good proverb: 'You are angry. That means you are wrong."'


Putin comments do not 'reflect well' on Prince Charles

If the allegations that Prince Charles compared President Vladimir Putin to Hitler are true, they don't "reflect well" on the future King a Russian Foreign Officer spokesman has said.

"If these words were truly spoken, then without doubt, they do not reflect well on the future British monarch," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman told a news conference

"We view the use of the Western press by members of the British royal family to spread the propaganda campaign against Russia on a pressing issue - that is, the situation in Ukraine - as unacceptable, outrageous and low." The spokesman added.

Prince Charles comments 'unacceptable and low' if true

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) with the Prince of Wales in 2003. Credit: Tim Ockenden/PA

A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said that, if reports that the Prince of Wales linked Russian President Vladimir Putin to Hitler are accurate, the remarks were "unacceptable, outrageous, and low."

Diplomats to discuss Prince Charles-Putin row

Attempts to calm a potential diplomatic row over the Prince of Wales's comparison of Russian president Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler will continue today when the Foreign Office meets with the Russian deputy ambassador later today.

Russia's deputy ambassador is expected to meet a senior Foreign Office official to discuss the reported comments on the Ukraine crisis made during a private conversation with a member of the public during a royal tour of Canada.

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