In his first ever public comments on the Holocaust, Prince William espoused the virtue of “keeping the memory alive.”

The Duke of Cambridge made the remark in exclusive comments to London’s Jewish News, marking the first occasion that the future heir to the throne has openly spoken about the Shoah.

He told the Jewish News: “The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 is ‘keeping the memory alive.’ On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@Jspace_News” suffix=”-Prince William”]remember all those who suffered so terribly in the monstrous evil of the Holocaust[/inlinetweet]. We must never forget the indescribable suffering, the millions of lives shattered and the human impact behind the statistics.

“The commemorations allow us to honor the victims of one of the darkest chapters in human history and pay tribute t the survivors and their stories of hope. Memories are the legacy for future generations and we must keep these memories alive to learn from the past and create a safer future.”

William’s father Prince Charles is involved in a number of Jewish trusts in the UK, and took part in a commemoration event for Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz yesterday. Prince William’s willingness to begin broaching the subject could indicate the Duke’s grooming to take on a similar role once he assumes the tile of Prince of Wales.