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Prince Charles' right to veto on draft bills revealed

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The Prince of Wales was asked if he wanted to veto around 12 draft bills between 2007-2009, including those relating to housing and planning, according to an investigation by The Guardian

The newspaper uncovered that MPs had ‘been forced’ to approach Prince Charles on ‘at least a dozen government bills’ where proposed legislation might impact on his private interests in particular the Duchy of Cornwall, which includes his Poundbury village.

Other draft bills on which he was consulted included coroners, economic development and construction, marine and coastal access and energy.

All bills in parliament that could affect the sovereign’s private interests, including the duchy, need the Queen’s consent. As the duchy is administered by the Prince of Wales, Charles ‘also performs the function of considering and granting relevant requests for consent’.

A spokesman for the Prince of Wales told The Guardian, would not say what responses Charles had given or whether he had demanded changes. He said: ‘Communications between the prince or his household and the government are confidential under a long-standing convention that protects the heir to the throne’s right to be instructed in the business of government in preparation for his future role as monarch.’

 

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