Prince Charles told UK leaders to stop meddling in politics amid backlash over immigration comments

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The British government wants Prince Charles to avoid politics after comments he made on a new policy for asylum seekers sparked backlash, a report has found.

After Charles, 73, again criticized a policy that sends asylum seekers to Rwanda as “appalling”, Downing Street responded by saying such a comment would “present serious constitutional problems” a once he assumes the throne, reported the Sunday Times.

“Prince Charles is an adornment for our public life, but it will cease to be charming if he tries to behave in the same way when he is king. This will pose serious constitutional problems,” said a senior official. unidentified office.

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According to the official, disagreements between the British Royals and the Commonwealth are expected to happen behind closed doors.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles stand on a balcony during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, marking the end of Britain's Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee celebrations, in London, Britain, June 5, 2022
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles stand on a balcony during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, marking the end of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee celebrations, in London, Britain, June 5, 2022
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“Many of his views on architecture and horticulture are interesting, and I would always be prepared to listen to them in private. But it is very different from his public interventions as a monarch,” the official said, according to the Times. “The Queen’s genius is that most of us have no idea what she’s thinking.”

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Another cabinet member, also speaking anonymously, said Charles should end such comments once he is king.

“Although this type of intervention will be tolerated while he is Prince of Wales, it will not be the same when he becomes king,” the official told The Times.

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Drawing further contrast between Charles and Queen Elizabeth II, another official said: “The problem with Charles is that he thinks he has to be interesting and he thinks people are interested in what he think. He seems to have misunderstood the role,” the Times reported.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales among Alliums during a visit to Kew Gardens on May 17, 2017 in London, England.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 17: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales among Alliums during a visit to Kew Gardens on May 17, 2017 in London, England.
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Charles has previously said he was “beyond disappointed” with the law, which physically brings asylum seekers back to Rwanda, despite being upheld by the country’s High Court.

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According to the Times, a rift between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet and the royal family stems from an initial meeting between the two leaders.

In this image provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shake hands during their walk through downtown Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday April 9, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP, File)

In this image provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shake hands during their walk through downtown Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday April 9, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP, File)
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During the meeting, Johnson exhibited “disrespectful” behavior toward Charles because the lawmaker is “notoriously relaxed about punctuality” and Charles “can’t stand being late,” according to the report.

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The British monarch’s royal family released a statement saying Charles would act “politically neutral” when he inherits his mother’s throne.

Charles has previously said he would act within “constitutional parameters” when he is king because he was “not so stupid” to break British law.

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