The Guardian revealed on Sunday that Prince Charles has three personal staff members employed in positions for the UK government.
Some of have voiced concerns that Prince Charles had the employees placed in the positions to influence government policy. These suspicions have been strongly denied, but several MP's (Members of Parliament) have stated that they will bring the issue up for discussion in the House of Commons when Parliament returns to session next month after the summer recess.
Two of the employees were posted to the Cabinet Office while the third staff member went to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. A spokesman for the Royal Family released a statement, saying that "we have had two secondments to government departments in the past two years. The secondments were suggested on the basis of professional development and the paperwork arranged by the relevant HR departments . . There was no official feedback mechanism and no regular meetings were attended with the Prince of Wales Household." Prince Charles' office refused to identify the three employees or who authorized the hirings.
The recent accusations directed toward Prince Charles come after news last week that the Prince had 36 private meetings with UK Cabinet ministers since the general election in 2010, including seven meetings with Prime Minister David Cameron. An unnamed minister has told reporters that the current controversy raises questions as to whether the Prince has been exceeding his position as a constitutional monarch in waiting.