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Sinn Fein Leader Says 'Sorry' About Assassination Of Prince Philip's Uncle In 1979

Sinn Fein Leader Says 'Sorry' About Assassination Of Prince Philip's Uncle In 1979

 It is often said that funerals can be a time to build bridges, and Prince Philip’s is apparently no exception.

A day after the Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was laid to rest, the leader of Sinn Fein, the Irish nationalist party that was traditionally the political wing of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, expressed sadness for the 1979 assassination of Lord Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s uncle.

“I am sorry that that happened, of course that is heart-breaking,” said Mary Lou McDonald, the leader of Sinn Fein, said on British radio over the weekend in response to a question asking if she would apologize to Prince Charles.

Mountbatten, who had served as a leader in Britain’s armed forces and as the last viceroy of India, was killed by an IRA bomb in Ireland while on a boat trip for pleasure. The explosion also killed three others, including including a 14-year-old boy who was Charles’s godson.

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