Prince Charles’s Letters To Be Made Public
The British Supreme Court has decided that letters written by the Prince of Wales to various government ministers can be made public, in a ruling that was handed down this morning.
They have upheld a judgement made by the Appeals court in March last year, following an initial ruling in September 2012 approving the publication of 27 letters written between 2004 and 2005 by the Prince to seven government departments.
Dominic Grieve, who was the Attorney General between 2010 and 2014, vetoed the publication of the letters at the time when their release was requested by The Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. His reasoning was that the letters contained Prince Charles’s “most deeply held personal views and beliefs”, and that his perceived political neutrality when he inherits the throne (the British monarch must be neutral politically) could be jeopardised if the contents of the letters were made public.
Clarence Hose issued a statement on behalf of Prince Charles, saying “This is a matter for the government. Clarence House is disappointed the principle of privacy has not been upheld.”
The British government now has 30 days to “prepare” the letters for publishing.Filed under The United Kingdom
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