Prince Charles has said that Britain and Ireland must not be prisoners of their history. This was the second and final day of his official visit to the State. He also told guests at the Glencree Reconciliation Centre in County Wicklow that he felt an affinity with the rhythms of the Irish soul.
The Prince said that he was aware of the "long history of suffering" that the Irish had endured. He added that this had caused "much pain and much resentment in a world of imperfect human beings".
"We need to remember that the underlying meaning of peace is not just the absence of conflict. It is equally a climate in which understanding of others goes beyond caricature and where frozen images of hatred and negativity yield to a new vision of shared value and goodness," he said.
He was at Glencree to open a new section of the former British Army barracks, along with the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Brian Cowen extended the sympathies of the Irish people on the death of Princess Margaret. He said that she was fondly remembered by everyone who met her. Prince Charles has returned to Windsor for her funeral this afternoon.
He had curtailed several engagements during his Irish visit in order to ensure his attendance. The private service was attended by all the members of the royal family, including the Queen Mother, who is 101 years old. Princess Margaret's body has been cremated at a crematorium in Slough.