Updated on 10/02/2022 at 14:04
- King Charles III will not travel to Egypt for the world climate summit in November.
- The new monarch really wanted to deliver a speech there.
- But the new British Prime Minister Truss is said to have prevented him from attending – much to the displeasure of the King.
British King Charles III. Contrary to previous plans, he will not travel to the world climate summit in Egypt next November. Buckingham Palace confirmed this to Sky News on Sunday after the Sunday Times reported that new Prime Minister Liz Truss wanted to prevent the King’s presence.
An unnamed senior Palace source told the paper the decision was made in the spirit that Charles, as Britain’s head of state, was always willing to act “on the advice of the government”.
King Charles III pioneered climate protection for decades
While the 73-year-old has been a pioneer in climate protection for decades, Truss strikes a completely different note. She wants to get back to Britain’s climate-damaging fracking, develop new gas fields and has named conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg energy minister, who has expressed skepticism about climate change in the past.
According to government circles, the report said the palace and government had jointly decided that there were “more suitable options for the new king’s first state visit”.
The royal source close to Charles told The Times that the king was “personally disappointed” as he had several meetings and a speech planned for the summit. However, he will still find ways to be present at the most important international climate policy meeting.
The controversy is seen as a sign of the royal family’s new, less reserved approach.
Queen Elizabeth II gave a video address to heads of government gathered in Glasgow last year. Charles was there personally at the time and made an urgent appeal to the world to do more to combat the impending climate catastrophe.
The controversy is seen as the first sign of a new, less reserved approach from the royal family, as Charles’ discontent with the decision has leaked out. In the past, as heir to the throne, Charles was famous for letting governments know of his concerns. In his first speech as king, however, he admitted that from now on some of the concerns of his heart could no longer be pursued in the same way. (pak/dpa) © dpa
Updated on 9/23/2022 at 2:24 pm
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