Prince Charles Shakes the Hand of Irish Republican Leader Gerry Adams

TIME

Prince Charles has shaken the hand of Gerry Adams, the Irish politician who many believe was a senior member of the Irish Republican Army when it blew up Charles’ uncle, Earl Mountbatten, in 1979.

The handshake took place on Tuesday at the National University of Ireland in Galway. Adams was among a number of politicians to meet Charles at the beginning of the heir to the British throne’s four-day visit to Ireland.

Adams, the leader of the Irish Republican Sinn Fein party, had never met a member of the British royal family before. He and his colleague Martin McGuinness, who met the Queen in 2012, later had a 15-minute private meeting with Prince Charles.

Mountbatten was killed when a bomb was planted in his yacht as it was moored at Mullaghmore in County Sligo, where Charles will visit on Wednesday.

From 1968-1998, Northern Ireland was mired in a civil war…

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