Prince Charles vows not to meddle as king

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LONDON: Britain’s Prince Charles said on Wednesday he was not “stupid” enough to keep speaking out on contentious public issues once he becomes king in a rare interview about his future role.

The eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II — formally known as the Prince of Wales — has long been seen as interfering because of his private lobbying of ministers and public statements on a range of subjects from architecture to the environment.

But he told the BBC in a documentary marking his 70th birthday next week that he did not intend to be a meddling king.

“I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign. So of course I understand entirely how that should operate,” he said.

He added when asked if his public campaigning would continue: “No, it won’t. I’m not that stupid.” British royals traditionally steer well clear of politics — something perfected by the 92-year-old queen since her coronation in 1953.

But Prince Charles has lobbied on a variety of issues, as shown in a series of letters between him and government ministers known as the “black spider” memos.

He is also known to hold particularly strong views on contemporary architectural design.



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