A British newspaper says Prince Charles has criticized the government’s plan to deport some refugees to Rwanda, calling it “horrendous”.
Citing unnamed sources, the Times newspaper reported on Friday night that the heir to the British throne had privately opposed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s policy of sending people to the East African country.
A court ruling with more than 30 people on Tuesday paved the way for the first flight in a controversial deal. Britain is planning to send some migrants who arrive in the UK as stowaways or in small boats to Rwanda, where their asylum claims will be processed. If successful, they will remain in the African country. Human rights groups called the idea impractical and inhumane.
The prince’s office neither confirmed nor denied the report.
“We will not comment on alleged anonymous private conversations with the Prince of Wales, except if he remains politically neutral,” Clarence House said in a statement. “Policy issues are decisions for the government. ,
The new policy threatens to impact Charles and his wife Camilla’s upcoming trip to Rwanda to attend a meeting of Commonwealth leaders later this month.
The Times said a source had heard Charles raise the policy issue several times privately and was “beyond dismayed” about it.
Traditionally, the British royal family does not involve themselves in political affairs.
According to the official royal family website, as head of state, Charles’ mother, Queen Elizabeth II, must remain strictly neutral on political issues and neither vote nor stand for election.
However, the 73-year-old prince, who is the first person to take the throne, has been a strong supporter of various causes, such as the campaign against climate change and plastic pollution in the oceans. He has also been accused of interfering in politics by speaking on property development and other issues.
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