Exactly fifty years since Prince Charles’ investiture at Caernarfon castle, the leader of the revolutionary group Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru (Movement for the Defence of Wales) has claimed the Prince of Wales could have been killed.
In a new biography of John Jenkins, he claims that Prince Charles could have been killed in 1969. He says in the book, published exactly fifty years since the Investiture: “We could have killed him… For one thing, I was a sergeant in the British Army’s Dental Corps, and was on duty in Caernarfon that day.
“I could have carried a rifle and I could have shot him there and then if I wanted. Furthermore, if I’d said ‘Right, I want a couple of people who are prepared to do something and not come back from it’, I know at least two who would have come forward and volunteered. I’m talking about a suicide operation.”
During the period leading up to the investiture, many targets were bombed, with one device killing two of the bombers themselves in Abergele.
The author, Wyn Thomas, said: “What John Barnard Jenkins did in spearheading Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru’s bombing campaign in Wales and England during the 1960s is unparalleled in Welsh if not British history.”
This meticulously researched appraisal has been written on the back of fifteen years of interviews conducted by Thomas with John Jenkins, and – among others – former police officers and members of MAC and their families.
The result is a large amount of fresh information which offers an insight into the shadowy world of MAC and its brilliant, if flawed, organiser.
The book will be on sale in the www.ylolfa.com book shop from Saturday 22 June onwards.