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Different take


There is more to this story than meets the eye, however. While it is true that the school idea was long abandoned and its formal closure inevitable, it can scarcely be said that the Prince has lost either his interest in architecture or his promotion of all things Classical. The difference is that he has reached a modus vivendi with people who would otherwise have been reluctant to give his ideas house room. I note that the Prince's Foundation is working, among others, with CABE on issues about healthy buildings and creating new communities. But these days the foundation agrees to disagree over matters of 'style', which is just being grown-up. And courtesy of the gaggle of Americans who fawn on the royal connection and are still promoting Seaside as though it is new, design codes are now the order of the day, following the visit there last year of that well-known monarchist John Prescott. It is a mistake to underestimate the Prince and his influence - for good or ill.

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