In a rare foray into international diplomacy,the second in line to the throne suggested the Ukraine conflict wasnot just a localised war but a threat to the whole ofEurope.
'The events in Ukraine testify to the fact thatinstability continues to stalk our continent,' hesaid.
He spoke at the Cointe Inter-allied Memorial inBelgium, where he was representing the Queen to commemorate thestart of the Great War.
While his father frequently puts his head abovethe parapet on sensitive international matters, William normallyshies away from such controversial issues.
However, addressing the audience in Liege, amongthem dignitaries including King Philippe and Queen Mathilde ofBelgium, French president Francois Hollande and German presidentJoachim Gauck, the young royal said: 'Edith Cavell was a Britishnurse who saved soldiers from each side.
'On the night before she faced a German firingsquad she said, "I must have no hatred or bitterness towardsanyone."
'It took another terrible war to learn the truthof her words, and even today we continue to learn thatlesson.
'The events in Ukraine testify to the fact thatinstability continues to stalk our continent.' As the prince spoke,news was breaking that Russia's air force is to begin drillsinvolving more than 100 aircraft from bases close to the Ukraineborder.
Putin's annexation of the predominantly ethnicRussian region of Crimea - the first by a major power in Europesince 1945 - has already sparked internationalcondemnation.