Join the debate: Prince Charles Charity Commision probe
The Prince of Wales is the subject of an investigation by the Charity Commission, after a complaint that he is using Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment as a private lobbying firm
The heir to the throne is under the spotlight, according to the Daily Express after it was alleged that he has repeatedly used his foundation it to try to lobby Government ministers, developers and others to support his traditionalist views on designing major projects.
The Charity Commission, which regulates 190,000 organisations will look into a complaint made about Charles’s architecture body, the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment.
Republic, a group that campaigns for an elected head of state, is to lodge a formal complaint, arguing that the foundation is in breach of commission guidelines that stipulate campaigning should not damage the reputation or independence of a charity or become the main reason for its existence.
The complaint follows a series of controversies about the role of Charles and the foundation in lobbying to have modernist architects removed from key projects, including a £3 billion flats project at Chelsea Barracks and a £500 million shops and office complex next to St Paul’s Cathedral in London.