A royal rift is widening between UK government leaders and the country’s future king after Prince Charles reportedly described the controversial new policy of sending asylum seekers to Rwanda as “appalling”.
Members of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet have warned the Prince of Wales to stop meddling in public politics over fears a political king could cause a constitutional crisis, according to The Sunday Times.
The Royal Family issued a statement in response to the warning on Saturday that Charles, 73, would be ‘politically neutral’ when he inherits the throne, although courtiers have said the prince intends to be more direct in expressing his point of view than his mother, the London newspaper. said.
Charles’ reported comments came after the country’s High Court ruled on Friday to uphold the asylum policy. The first flight of migrants to the Afro-British Commonwealth was scheduled for Tuesday, according to the outlet. The prince would have spoken out against the decision on several occasions, saying he was “more than disappointed” by it.
The schism between Downing Street and Clarence Place is believed to have stemmed from Johnson’s “disrespectful” behavior towards Charles when they first met, according to the report, explaining that the Prime Minister was “notoriously relaxed about punctuality”, while the heir to the throne “can’t stand delays.
The battle royal comes days before Johnson and Charles travel to Rwanda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference, according to the newspaper.
“Prince Charles is an adornment for our public life, but it will cease to be charming if he tries to behave in the same way when he is king. This will pose serious constitutional problems,” said a senior official. newspaper cabinet.
“Many of his views on architecture and horticulture are interesting, and I would always be willing to listen to them privately. But that’s very different from him making public appearances as a monarch. The Queen’s genius is that most of us have no idea what she’s thinking.
Other cabinet ministers were more blunt, with one telling the media: ‘While this type of intervention will be tolerated while he is Prince of Wales, it will not be the same when he will become king.”
“The problem with Charles is that he thinks he has to be interesting and he thinks people are interested in what he thinks. He seems to have misunderstood the role,” said another.
Charles has often drawn the ire of the political class for frequently writing memos to ministers and speaking out on political issues in the past, according to the newspaper. A report that he had been receiving confidential cabinet documents for decades also sparked controversy among lawmakers.
In 2018, Charles reportedly told the BBC he would operate within “constitutional parameters” after being crowned and said it was “not so stupid” to defy UK law, which requires monarchs to be politically neutral and prohibit them from voting.