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Britain’s King Charles has decided not to attend the international climate summit in Egypt next month. Sunday times It was reported that the decision came after Prime Minister Truss objected to it during a meeting with the king at Buckingham Palace last month.
A Cabinet member now said the government and the king had agreed on the decision. “As far as I know, the decision was made in good consultation,” says Simon Clark. “The suggestion that he should be forced not to go there is simply incorrect.”
According to Clark, it’s also not true that Truss didn’t want King – known as ardent environmentalists – to attend the summit because she wanted to lower climate targets. He said the government is committed to the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.
As head of state of the British constitutional monarchy, the king is no longer allowed to meddle in politics. This means, among other things, that all foreign visits to the royal family must be approved by the government.
When Charles was still crown prince, he was regularly criticized for interfering too much in government affairs. He was accused, among other things, of inappropriate pressure on ministers.
Before Charles became king, following the death of his mother Elizabeth on September 8, there was already speculation about whether he would attend the summit as crown prince. It was at the last climate summit, last year in The Scottish city of GlasgowBut the visit of the new summit in Sharm el-Sheikh was never confirmed.
Now that Charles was king, he realized that he was less free to speak on public issues than when he was heir to the throne. “Of course my life will change now that I have new responsibilities,” he said after his mother’s death.
“I can no longer spend so much time and energy on the things I care about so much. But I know that this important business is in the hands of others who are trusted.”
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