King Charles will not attend climate summit on UK government advice

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that King Charles III will not attend the COP27 climate change summit in Egypt next month.

Charles has a longstanding passion for environmental issues. As Prince of Wales, he addressed the Cop26 summit in Glasgow last year. His eldest son, William, then the Duke of Cambridge, also spoke at the event, and Queen Elizabeth recorded her opening remarks, urging world leaders to address climate change.

After Prince Charles became king following Queen Elizabeth’s death last month, US climate envoy John Kerry told the BBC that he “very much” hopes Prince Charles will continue to talk about climate change as king. said there is.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, a Labor politician, also said he was “very happy” with the King taking a position on the “importance of climate change”.

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British Prime Minister Liz Truss meets with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in Downing Street, London, October 1, 2022. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

However, according to a Sunday Times report, King Charles will not attend this year’s summit, which will be held in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

In response to media inquiries, the royal court confirmed that the advice had been sought by the king and given by the trusses.

“Out of mutual friendship and respect, it was agreed that the King would not attend,” the royal palace said in a statement.

As is customary, all official overseas visits by members of the Royal Family are conducted on advice from the UK Government.

Decisions made “amicably”

Downing Street declined to comment on the matter. A spokesman said: “We do not comment on the meeting between the prime minister and the king.”

Cabinet ministers, however, denied claims that Truss had ordered the king to stay away from the climate summit.

“This is a consensual decision between the King and the Government,” said Simon Clarke, Secretary of State for Leveling, Housing and Communities.

“This is, as far as I know, a decision made amicably between the palace and the government. The suggestion this morning that he was ordered to stay away is simply not true,” he told The Times on Sunday. I told the radio

Clark explained why the royal family was not allowed to attend Cop27 in Egypt, despite a prominent appearance at Cop26 in Glasgow. I oppose the head of state going to events in Egypt. It is normal for this to be handled by a government rather than a monarchy. “

But the government insists the UK remains committed to its net-zero emissions target.

Conservative Party Chairman Jake Berry told Sky News on Sunday:

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan