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serendipitous moment happened

on May 26. I met Prince Charles.

This past spring I was on a Sabbatical

study leave from Columbia International

University. My family travelled to Europe

where I taught at Cliff College and we

explored the small towns of England,

before sailing to Croatia, Athens, Greece

and Ephesus in Turkey.

Following my first weekend of teaching,

and speaking at a British Jesus festival,

my wife Rhonda wanted us to visit the

Hatfield House, a country house built in


When we arrived, the sad news was given

that the home was closed for the day, but

that we could walk around the property

with its beautiful gardens, paths and a

courtyard with shoppes, cafes and pubs.

We noticed secret service all over the

place, so being curious, I asked what was

going on. “Prince Charles will be coming

shortly to visit.” I am thinking, “Wow, a


chance to meet Prince Charles, he’s

going to be thrilled to meet me (just


Our short wait turned from 30 minutes

to over an hour and a half. And then,

to our gleeful surprise, enters Prince

Charles and his entourage.

The Prince went into one of the

shoppes, and then came out the

other side of the store, in which my

son Andrew and I were positioned to

say hello. He looked out us, put his

hand out toward mine, and we shook

hands. (I was not sure if you are to touch


We spoke for less than a minute. He

asked me who I was, where I was from

and how long we were going to be in the

U.K. I explained that “I am from America,

was teaching in the Peak district and

would be taking a cruise to the Adriatic

seas the following week.”

And yet I could not resist one last

comment, so I piped in, “The real reason

I came here to England was to meet

you.” His response was priceless, “Well,

you’ve come to the right place.” We both

laughed, and that was our spontaneous

meeting with Prince Charles.




By Dr. David Olshine, Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture

Prince Charles chats with Dr. David Olshine

(Photo provided by David Olshine)


CIU Today

Winter 2016