King Charles III has opted not to attend next month’s international climate change meeting in Egypt, feeding rumors that the new monarch will have to curb down his environmental activity now that he has gained the throne.
The Sunday Times said that the decision was made when Conservative Prime Minister Liz Truss opposed to Charles attending the COP27 summit during their meeting at Buckingham Palace last month.
However, a member of Truss’ cabinet stated that the government and palace agreed with the decision.
“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 refuted claims that Truss did not want Prince Charles to attend the meeting because she plans to tone down the United Kingdom’s climate ambitions. He stated that the administration remains dedicated to attaining its goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050.
The norms governing the constitutional monarchy in Britain prohibit the king from intervening in politics. By convention, members of the royal family conduct all official abroad trips in line with government guidance.
Prior to becoming king on September 8 after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles was expected to attend the summit in his capacity as Prince of Wales.
The previous climate summit, COP26, was held in Glasgow, Scotland, last year, but Charles’ presence at this year’s meeting was never confirmed. COP27 takes place at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh from November 16-18.
During his time as Prince of Wales, Charles was accused of interfering in government matters, including improper lobbying of government ministers.
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But Charles is now king, and he has acknowledged that he will have less freedom to speak out on public issues as monarch than he did as the heir to the throne. At the same time, his advisers would be looking for the right time and place for Charles’ first overseas trip as sovereign.
“My life will, of course, change as I take up my new responsibilities,’’ Charles said in a televised address after his mother’s death.
“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.”