‘Our greatest asset’: Liz Truss warned not to ‘suppress’ King Charles on world stage


The Prime Minister has been warned against not allowing King Charles III a platform on the world stage after the monarch was reportedly discouraged from attending COP27 by Number Ten

Historian and author Sir Anthony Seldon questioned the decision not to allow a King so enthused by environmental issues to attend such a pivotal climate conference.

Speaking on Sky News, Sir Anthony said: “The monarchy is our greatest asset on the world stage. Why on earth would you want to suppress King Charles?

“Particularly after the death of the Queen, people will be wondering, ‘can Britain do that again with a global figure?’

“We have that in King Charles – he has got a longer track record on the environment than just about any other figure on the world stage.

“Why on earth would you want to suppress him from speaking and reminding the rest of the world that Britain is back with a powerful voice on issues that truly matter to the world.”


King Charles will not attend COP27, reportedly acting on advice from the Prime Minister (Image: GETTY)

Sir Anthony Seldon

Sir Anthony Seldon said the King was a “powerful voice” on environmental matters (Image: Sky News)

During his attendance at COP26 last year, the then Prince of Wales gave an enlightening speech during the opening ceremony of the conference.

Speaking to an audience of world leaders, King Charles said: “ I can only urge you, as the world’s decision-makers, to find practical ways of overcoming differences so we can all get down to work, together, to rescue this precious planet and save the threatened future of our young people.”

Buckingham Palace reported the King had sought advice from Number Ten on his invite to attend this year’s UN Climate Conference.

A statement read: “With mutual friendship and respect there was agreement that the King would not attend.”


King Charles gave a speech at the opening ceremony for COP26 last year (Image: GETTY)


The decision for the King not to attend was reached with “mutual” respect, claimed Buckingham Palace (Image: GETTY)

Sir Anthony said: “It might be embarrassing to have the Head of State upstaging the new Prime Minister here in Britain, but he is also a global figure.

“Surely it is going to help Britain and also provide some welcome good stories for Britain at a time when the stories in Britain are not that great.”

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood said: “We talk about Britain’s soft power and it doesn’t come bigger than our Royal Family.

“I do hope that common sense will prevail, that the King will be allowed to attend with such an important meeting taking place.”

Tobias Ellwood

Tory MP Tobias Ellwood said he hoped “common sense will prevail” (Image: Sky News )

The King also launched the Terra Carta, a selection of commitments surrounding the climate, biodiversity and environmental health, designed to encourage businesses on the road to a more sustainable system of operation.

Sean Coughlan, royal correspondent for the BBC said: “There will inevitably be speculation that, below all the constitutional smoothing, this will have really disappointed the King.

“He has campaigned devotedly for decades, heart on sleeve, on such environmental issues.”


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