Prince Charles given veto over laws

2011-10-31 16:31

London - The Guardian newspaper says British ministers have asked for Prince Charles's consent on a dozen pieces of legislation over the past six years, effectively giving him a right of veto.

The newspaper said on Monday a freedom of information request showed the heir to the British throne was consulted on topics such as the London Olympics, economic development and coroners.

Prime Minister David Cameron's office declined to say whether any planned legislation had been blocked or amended as a result of objections from the prince.

It said it was usual constitutional practice to consult Charles in areas where he has a formal role or private interests.

Anti-monarchy group Republic called for a change to the "constitutional loophole".

Charles' mother, Queen Elizabeth II, must give assent to all legislation, but that is considered a formality.

  • Chris - 2011-10-31 16:37

    Who does he think he is, Julius Malema?

  • Harold - 2011-10-31 17:55

    Why not - he certainly has the interests of the UK at heart and probably is willing to listen to the experts. After all he has nothing to prove; he is what he is.

      danamalan - 2011-10-31 19:48

      The guy is a complete moron! He believes in homeopathy, good grief.

  • Winsome - 2011-10-31 19:12

    Her Majesty the Queen yes - Charles? No. He is a bit of a wally sometimes albeit he has good ideas wrt the environment.

  • Fred - 2011-10-31 19:26

    Charlie thinks homeopathy (expensive bottled water) is medicine. He obviously has great knowledge and reasoning abilities.

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