Britain’s new ruler Charles III, a longtime advocate of protecting the planet, planned to make a speech at climate COP27, to be held in Egypt from 6-18, according to the newspaper. November. Sunday Times.
But that was without taking into account British Prime Minister Liz Truss’s objection. Result: the monarch remains in the UK. The prime minister actually objected during a personal audience with the king at Buckingham Palace in September, the paper reported on Saturday evening.
“In all friendship and respect, it has been agreed that the King will not attend,” Buckingham Palace confirmed to the BBC on Sunday, appearing to dismiss rumors of tension over the issue between the King and the Prime Minister. In the United Kingdom, official visits abroad by members of the royal family are carried out on the advice of the government.
“It is clear that this is a decision made by consensus of the king and the government”, for his part, minister Simon Clarke responded on Sunday. “As far as I know, it was an amicable decision (…) and the allegations that we would have forced (the king) to stay in the background are simply false,” he told Times Radio.
The Prime Minister has no plans to travel to Egypt
Nevertheless, this information comes at a sensitive time for the prime minister, in office for less than a month and already in turmoil after budget announcements turned into a financial fiasco.
And they send another bad signal about the new government’s environmental agenda, when some already fear that Mrs Truss will backtrack on the country’s commitments in this area.
If Liz Truss reiterates that the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 is still relevant, she seems less enthusiastic about the issue than her predecessor Boris Johnson and has no plans to go to Egypt.
In 2021, COP26 in Glasgow was an opportunity for the UK to position itself as a pioneer in the fight against the climate crisis. Elizabeth II had delivered a video message to world leaders gathered in the Scottish capital while Charles, then heir to the throne, and his son William were there.
“Can we really go from hosting COP26 to postponing COP27,” Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood asked on Twitter. “King Charles is a respected voice on climate change and the environment, his participation would add seriousness to the British delegation.”