No participation in the Truss climate summit puts the brakes on environmentalists King Charles
As Prince of Wales, he fought for decades to protect the climate. As king, Charles will miss his first major climate conference. Supposedly on the advice of British Prime Minister Liz Truss.
British King Charles III. will not participate in the world climate conference in Egypt in November – according to information from the “Sunday Times”, Prime Minister Liz Truss was against it. The staunch environmentalist Charles really wanted to make a speech at the conference, the paper reported. But Truss spoke out against the new British king’s participation in a personal meeting last month.
The monarch’s press service contradicted this interpretation: instead, Charles sought Truss’ advice on this issue. “It has been agreed in friendship and mutual respect that the King will not attend,” the BBC said citing a statement from the service. Another palace source said the new monarch was “personally disappointed” to miss the conference, according to the newspaper. He has already planned several summit meetings.
Conservative Truss took office on September 6 and was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II, who died two days later at age 96. The Queen spoke at the UN climate conference in November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Charles also gave a speech there and urged politicians to redouble their efforts in the fight against global warming.
There is currently speculation that Truss could withdraw his country’s international climate commitments. There are several ministers in his new cabinet who are skeptical about the 2050 climate neutrality goal. The Sunday Times wrote that the prime minister’s participation in COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, was unlikely.