Liz Truss has reportedly stopped King Charles III from attending the Cop27 Climate summit in Egypt next month. The King is very passionate about the issue and was very vocal about climate change as the Prince of Wales.
King Charles III had reportedly intended to deliver a speech at the conference but it appears Ms Truss – who will likely not attend – advised against it.
The news comes amid speculation that the Government may abandon its 2050 carbon net zero target.
A senior royal source told The Times: “It is no mystery that the King was invited to go there. He had to think very carefully about what steps to take for his first overseas tour, and he is not going to be attending Cop.”
The source said the decision was made on Government advice but that the King would still strive to make his presence felt at the summit.
The source added: “Just because he is not in physical attendance, that doesn’t mean His Majesty won’t find other ways to support it.”
King Charles III had previously said that his role would change now that he had become the Sovereign following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.
Some took this to mean he would become more apolitical – he was known for pursuing causes as the prince of Wales which were close to his heart.
However, the source speaking to The Times pointed out that the Queen gave a speech for Cop26 last year.
The source added: “The Queen gave an entirely non-political address at Cop last year…it sounds like he is not being given the choice. That is an error of judgment on the part of the government.
“The King could absolutely go and deliver the government’s message and give it credibility, given all the kudos he has in that space.”
Cop27 – shorthand for the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference – is set to take place November 6 to 18 in Egypt.