PRINCE CHARLES is unlikely to be able to “help himself” when the topic of Rwanda comes up during talks with the Prime Minister, according to royal expert Jennie Bond.
The future King reportedly believes the controversial scheme is “appalling” – a position which has led to reports of a rift between him and Boris Johnson who are both visiting Rwanda and where the pair are due to hold talks.
Commenting on the meeting, Ms Bond told GB News: “I don’t think Charles will be able to help himself if Johnson decides to bring this up.
“I think Charles will engage in that conversation in private but it will leak out I’m sure.
“I don’t think he’s too unhappy that his purported view that it’s an appalling policy has leaked out. As yet it hasn’t been denied, so I think it’s probably true.
“And, you know, Charles is the sort of man who in the past refused to go to a state banquet because Chinese leaders were there. He is a principal man and he acts on his principles.”
She added: “I think that it’s going to be the elephant in the room probably unless Boris Johnson decides to bring it up. I think that Prince Charles might ask Mr. Johnson: ‘Why aren’t you even going to go and visit the accommodation you’re proposing for the asylum seekers’ – Apparently hasn’t got time to do so.”
She made her comments during an interview on Breakfast with Eamonn and Isabel on GB News, and was asked if he would have to curtail airing his opinions when he is King.
“I think he probably will dial it down a bit,” she said. “But he himself said he’s not so stupid as to not realise that he has to be a bit more discreet when he is king.
“But I said and I repeat this week that I think the monarchy could move with the times and we don’t have a written constitution as such.
“It’s a sort of piecemeal constitution…and I think it should move with the times and the given mantra is that the Sovereign has the right to warn his or her prime minister, to be consulted, and to advise.
“If you are saying your policy is in my view appalling, that could be viewed as a warning, that could be within that constitution.”
She added: “I don’t think we should get so bound up about what the monarch can and cannot do.
“We all have a right to say our bit now on social media and I think Prince Charles, even as King, should have the right to do so.”