(GUARDIAN) Prince Charles has shaken hands with Gerry Adams, the veteran Irish republican who former comrades allege was on the IRA’s ruling army council when the Provisionals murdered the prince’s great-uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, in 1979.
In a historic moment for Anglo-Irish affairs, Charles met the Sinn Féin leader who once justified the Mountbatten murder.
The pair smiled at each other as they shook hands for 13 seconds inside a packed hall on the campus of the National University of Ireland Galway. They exchanged a few words, with the prince holding a cup of tea in one hand and shaking Adams’ hand with the other.
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