The absence of King Charles III at the upcoming Global Climate Change Summit in Egypt has increased rumours that the new king will have to temper his environmental activity now that he has assumed the throne.
It was featured in a Sunday Times article that claimed Liz Truss, had “ordered” the King not to attend. According to the Palace, Ms. Truss was asked for advice by the King and provided it.
The King’s absence from the event was agreed upon “with mutual goodwill and respect,” according to the Palace.
Reports of Other Media
Despite the absence of an official denial, some British media cited anonymous palace and government sources as saying that Charles made his choice after consulting with the prime minister and that any claims to the contrary were false.
The Official Agreement from King Charles III
The king is prohibited from meddling in politics by the laws governing Britain’s constitutional monarchy. Because it is customary for members of the royal family to follow government counsel when travelling on official business, agreement and consultation were likely involved in making this choice.
However, a member of Truss’ Cabinet claimed that the government and palace had come to an understanding on the matter.
“That is a decision that has been made amicably, as far as I am aware, between the palace and the government,” Simon Clarke told Times Radio. “The suggestions this morning that he was ordered to stay away are simply not true.”
Clarke also denied claims that Truss wanted to weaken Britain’s climate targets, which is why she didn’t want Charles to attend the meeting. According to him, the government is still dedicated to meeting its goal of having net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The Previous Summit COP26
There had been rumours that Charles would attend the summit while still the Prince of Wales, before to his coronation on Sept. 8 after Queen Elizabeth II passed away.
Charles was present in the COP26 climate summit that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, last year, but his attendance at the current gathering was never verified. The resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea is hosting COP27 from November 16–18.
The Present Prince King Charles III
Charles was accused of interfering with governmental issues as the Prince of Wales, including claims that he improperly lobbied officials.
But now, Charles is the king, he has admitted that he will have less flexibility than he enjoyed as the heir to the throne to express his opinions on public issues. Charles’ advisors would be deciding when and where to take his first state visit abroad at the same time.
“My life will, of course, change as I take up my new responsibilities,” Charles said.
"It will no longer be possible for me to give so much of my time and energies to the charities and issues for which I care so deeply. But I know this important work will go on in the trusted hands of others."
The COP’27 Schedule
From November 8 to 16, the beachfront city of Sharm el-Sheikh will host COP27, a United Nations gathering.
King Charles III will participate in his first public events since the end of the official time of grief. Which might include a reception for South Asian communities from around the UK in Edinburgh and a trip to Dunfermline Abbey in Fife.
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