Attorney general blocks disclosure of Prince Charles letters to ministers
by Rob Evans and Robert Booth | www.guardian.co.uk | October 16, 2012
‘…Dominic Grieve, the attorney general [U.K.], issued a veto that puts an absolute block on the publication of 27 letters between the prince and ministers over a seven-month period. Grieve said the letters contained the “particularly frank” and “most deeply held personal views and beliefs” of the prince….
‘… “They also contain remarks about public affairs which would in my view, if revealed, have had a material effect upon the willingness of the government to engage in correspondence with the Prince of Wales, and would potentially have undermined his position of political neutrality.”
‘ “… Disclosure of the correspondence could damage the Prince of Wales’s ability to perform his duties when he becomes king.
‘ “It is a matter of the highest importance within our constitutional framework that the monarch is a politically neutral figure able to engage in confidence with the government of the day, whatever its political colour.”…’
Prince of Wales letters: letters ‘a threat’ to Charles as King
by Gordon Rayner, www.telegraph.co.uk | October 16, 2012