The Prince of Wales, who is currently on a tour of the Middle East, has been taking private lessons in attempt to learn Arabic, an aide revealed.
Prince Charles has always been fascinated by the culture and art of the region , so much was apparent during a reception in Qatar held this week, reported the Telegraph on Thursday.
He modestly told guests that his command of Arabic is less than stellar and said the language “goes in one ear and out the other.” However an aide disclosed that he is so keen to learn Arabic that he has been taking private tuition for over six months.
An understanding of the language would enable the prince to read Islam’s holy book, the Koran, in its original form. Always one to encourage dialogue between different religions, a command of Arabic would no doubt help in this mission.
The prince was in Doha to attend the launch of the Qatar-UK Alumni Network, specifically aimed at Qataris who have attended British universities. He proceeded to tell a group on visitors, “you all speak such good English.”
Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh al-Sada, chairman of the association and Qatar’s energy minister, responded by asking the prince if he spoke any Arabic, he answered: “I tried to learn it once but I gave up.”
Al-Sada retorted that “it’s never too late to learn.”
The Prince speaks French, some German, and has also taken an interest in learning Welsh.