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LONDON (AP) - Russian officials have branded Prince Charles' reported comments comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler as "outrageous."

The Russian Embassy in London Thursday said the Russian government wants official clarification about comments attributed to Charles during his royal tour to Canada.

British media reported Wednesday that Charles compared Putin to the Nazi leader in what he thought was a private conversation with a volunteer worker at the Museum of Immigration in Halifax.

Charles' representatives have not confirmed the comments, which have drawn wide attention in Britain.

Russian officials say a senior minister at the embassy in London will meet with Foreign Office officials later Thursday to discuss the issue.

Charles' comments also drew some criticism from British politicians who say the royal family should avoid making political statements.

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In other news, Prince Charles was spotted feeding a polar bear Wednesday:

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