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Gag order on Prince Charles' 27 letters lifted: Woes over content perception

The gag order on Prince Charles' letters is lifted. If the ruling sticks, what could this mean for his trip to the throne?
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Prince Charles personally wrote letters to members of the previous Labor Government and a gag order keeping these letters out of the public eye was declared unlawful by a court today, Wednesday March 12, according to MSN. These letters may bring a bit of embarrassment to Prince Charles if they hold an inkling of suggestion that he used his royal status to persuade changes in official policies.

Charles holds some definite views and he has been the target of criticism in the past as folks felt he used his un-elected position to help the ministers see things his way. Suggestions that his views on matters of the environment and urban planning might have been strongly suggested in these private and personal letters. This may appear as an attempt to get the ministers to make changes to official policies.

The Guardian Newspaper has made attempts to utilize the freedom of information laws and get these 27 letters available for public viewing. These attempts were blocked by Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who describes Prince Charles’ letters as “particularly frank.”

Grieve sees releasing these letters as possible damaging if somehow they convey the perception that Charles had disagreed with Tony Blair’s previous government. Grieve said he has concerns that this "would be seriously damaging to his role as future monarch because, if he forfeits his position of political neutrality as heir to the throne, he cannot easily recover it when he is king.”

Although the Appeal Court ruled that Grieve banning these letters were “unlawful,” they did give him permission to appeal their ruling to the Supreme Court. Grieve is taking this to the Supreme Court. A statement released Grieve’s camp conveyed: “We are very disappointed by the decision of the court.”

Backing Grieve’s efforts to keep the gag order on the 27 letters is Prime Minister David Cameron. The Guardian continues to say that the people have a right to know if the “heir to the throne is advocating policy or promoting causes to government ministers." No comments came from Prince Charles reps over this ruling.

This doesn’t sound much different than politics in the U.S. today. While the titles are different, the same type of people with power do a good job at lobbying for their requests. While they might not be a prince or a king of royal bloodline, many are princes and kings of industry.

The law of average would indicate that Charles won't be waiting much longer before moving into the position of the king, as his mother, the Queen is getting up there in age. While the Queen could live to 106 or beyond, she is going to want to change her lot in life and enjoy old age at a slower pace one of these days.

With Charles and the Queen combining their camps not too long ago, it looks as though Charles has already started his transition. If he were to be seen as using his power of royalty to persuade policy changes, this could put a bump in his road to the throne.

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