Prince Charles ‘will become the first member of the Royal Family to visit Cuba’
By REBECCA ENGLISH ROYAL CORRESPONDANT FOR THE DAILY MAIL
Prince Charles is set to become the first member of the Royal Family to visit Cuba on a historic official tour next year.
The ground-breaking visit to the Communist country is still in the early stages of planning and has not been confirmed yet.
But government officials from both countries are ‘extremely hopeful’ it will happen in the next few months, possibly as early as the spring, the Mail can reveal.
It is understood that Charles met with the new Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, at Clarence House last month, which is being viewed by diplomats as an extremely positive sign.
The trip, which will be part of a large-scale Caribbean tour, would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.
In 2016 Barack Obama became the first US president to visit in 88 years, but no British Prime Minister has ever set foot on Cuban soil.
With the Queen no longer undertaking foreign travel, the prince’s official trips are akin to a state visit and will be viewed as a significant step forward in Britain’s relationships with Cuba.