When Prince Charles and his wife Camilla stepped into Havana on Sunday, they will make history by embarking on the first official visit of Cuba by members of the British royal family. But they do so at a time when much of the Western world condemns Cuba's role in the unfolding political and humanitarian crisis in its close socialist Venezuela partner. It is a journey that would seem impossible only a few years before former US President Barack Obama and former Cuban President Raul Castro to defuse more than half a century of tense relations between North American neighbors and their allies. But after this breakthrough in 2016, the world is a completely different place.
President Donald Trump turned many of Obama's policies towards Cuba, restoring travel and trade restrictions. His sharp rhetoric became more aggressive only after the presidential crisis unfolded in Venezuela. The role of Cuban military and intelligence advisers serving the controversial regime of President Nicholas Maduro is one of the main concerns of the US administration and its allies.
"For decades, the socialist dictatorships of Cuba and Venezuela have been mutually supportive." Maduro is not a Venezuelan patriot; he was a Cuban puppet. "
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went earlier this month:" No country has done more to sustain the deaths and daily misfortunes of ordinary Venezuelans, including the Venezuelan military and their families, than the Communists in Havana. "
This is against the backdrop of American hostility that Prince Charles and Duchess Cornwall will spend four days in Cuba growing bilateral relations with the United Kingdom and demonstrating some of the cultural ties between the two countries," according to the royal spokesman.
But while Charles and Camilla are the ones who have to go for a dinner with politicians at the Palavia de la Revolucion in Havana, but the British government is responsible for sending them there.
"The royal family does not make these decisions," says Andrew Ljeller, a member of the British Parliament for the ruling Conservative Party. "This is the Foreign Ministry, so the royal family itself should not be blamed for it. Our friends in the United States, the many Cubans in Florida, will rightly be confused by the view of the British royal family who is visiting. a tour, a look at the place at a time when these despised actions are happening. "Another conservative MP, Julian Lewis, says the visit would be uncomfortable to the heir to the British throne:" It is not constitutional. It will have to constantly balance the need to hold diplomatically with the danger of supporting the regime and being used by as a propaganda tool
The royal family's mythical power has long been used as a diplomatic tool by the British government, and in this case the United Kingdom has confirmed the strategic value of a visit "This is part of our longstanding approach to Cuba's engagement and open dialogue on issues that separate us as human rights but also the commitment to progress on the issues that connect us together," a spokesman said.
This approach to relations with Cuba can not be any different from what is strongly expressed in Washington.
The former governor of Florida, and now US Senator Rick Scott, wrote to British Prime Minister Teresa May to protest the royal visit and was disturbed by time: "Why the British Government I want to admit Juan Guaydo to Venezuela's new president, when we all know that the Castro regime is the one that supports Maduro, a dictator in Venezuela … and at the same time, leads the prince, who has an incredible influence on a world scale, to support the regime? "
Sen. Scott suggests that while he is in Cuba, Prince Charles must meet with dissidents and take a sheet from President Trump's book: "He says," I will fight for freedom and democracy, "and that's what Prince Charles should do. " No such meetings are planned during the tour, but meetings with Castro, who continues to be the first secretary of the Communist Party, are not planned. The Prince and Duchess will meet with current President Miguel Dias-Canell, who recently described Trump's rhetoric to Cuba as "a warrior and a dirty".
Of course, this is a sensational moment for the UK, as Teresa May moves at the end of the game, Royal visits are likely to continue to play a key role in the UK's international relations, especially in the years immediately following his retirement by the European Union.
But this is the moment of this historic royal visit, which makes it so controversial – especially since the UK is looking for business deals after Brexit. Trump is unlikely to warm up to the images of one of Britain's highest representatives who enjoy Havana's hospitality.