The royal family has a stark end of the year warning

Gianluca Mezzofiore

The Prince of Wales has delivered a stark warning against the rise of populism saying it risks repeating the "dark days" of the 1930s.

During the popular BBC Radio 4's religious Thought for the Day slot, Prince Charles expressed his grave concerns over the increase of religious hatred and he pleaded for countries to welcome those fleeing persecution.

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"We are now seeing the rise of many populist groups across the world that are increasingly aggressive to those who adhere to a minority faith. All of this has deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s," he said.

"My parents' generation fought and died in a battle against intolerance, monstrous extremism and inhuman attempts to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe."

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Though he didn't mention any political figures or parties, the outspoken address could be seen as a veiled reference to the election of Donald Trump in the United States and the rise of far-right movements in Europe.

The Prince said his comments on refugees fleeing persecution applied not only to Christians but also to religions such as the Yazidis, Jews, Ahmadi Muslims and Baha'i people.

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"According to the United Nations, 5.8 million more people abandoned their homes in 2015 than the year before, bringing the annual total to a staggering 65.3 million. That is almost equivalent to the entire population of the United Kingdom," he said."The suffering doesn't end when they arrive seeking refuge in a foreign land."

"That nearly 70 years later we should still be seeing such evil persecution is to me beyond all belief," he said. "We owe it to those who suffered and died so horribly not to repeat the horrors of the past."