The impending publication of various letters from Prince Charles to a number of British ministers could have serious implications for his future as the King of England.
According to the BBC, 27 letters from the Prince of Wales to various Labour government ministers that were written in 2004 and 2005 are now set to be published after a 10-year-long campaign by The Guardian.
While parts of these letters, which have been dubbed the black spider memos, will be redacted to protect personal information of people other than Prince Charles, a ruling on Tuesday by the Upper Tribunal of Britain’s Administrative Appeals Chamber means that they can be published.
And what’s inside could be truly damaging to Prince Charles and his future. That’s because, according to Dominic Grieve, who was the previous attorney general for England and Wales and a member of the Queen’s counsel, they contain his “most deeply held personal views and beliefs.” Grieve also admitted that the notes “could seriously undermine the prince’s ability to fulfill his duties when he becomes king.”
If these letters even hint at Prince Charles trying to influence Parliament or being partial with his political beliefs then it would severely bruise his reputation and standing when he ultimately replaces his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as the head of the British monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II has excelled at remaining impartial in the political arena, and her lasting popularity is believed to be because of her neutrality.
According to the Mirror, The Prince Of Wales allegedly bombarded ministers with his letters. He’s also previously been accused of “meddling” in government issues, especially when it came to the environment and planning. However, a royal source has insisted that Charles has nothing to fear.
A source for The Telegraph explained that the Prince wrote to seven departments of British government, which included Business, Innovation and Skills; Health; Children, Schools and Families; Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Culture, Media and Sport; the Northern Ireland Office, and the Cabinet Office.
The insider insisted that the content of these letters was completely benign, before adding, “The Prince’s main concern is to protect the privacy of people who write to him and ask him to raise matters that would otherwise go unnoticed.”
The black spider memos, which gained this nickname because of Prince Charles’ handwriting, are set to be published at 3 p.m. (GMT) on Wednesday, May 13.
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