The Prince of Wales is understood to be particularly frustrated with Boris Johnson’s asylum policy as the Prime Minister prepares to represent the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting later this month in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda
Prince Charles has reportedly branded Priti Patel’s plans to send migrants to Rwanda as “appalling”.
The times The Prince of Wales is reportedly particularly frustrated with Boris Johnson’s asylum policy as he is poised to represent his mother, the Queen, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, later this month.
Home Secretary Patel’s migrant policy stipulates that those arriving illegally in Britain must be deported to Rwanda 4,000 miles away, with the deal being finalized in April.
A source reportedly overheard Charles, 73, expressing his frustration at politics, telling the newspaper: “He said he was beyond disappointed with politics.
“He said he found the whole government action appalling. It was clear that he was not impressed with the direction the government was taking.”
Clarence House commented to The Mirror that the Prince of Wales was opposed to the migrant plan but insisted he would not seek to influence government policy.
A spokesman said: “We would not comment on alleged anonymous private conversations with the Prince of Wales except to reiterate that he remains politically neutral. Political matters are decisions for the government.”
The prince has been quite vocal on issues close to his heart over the years, including discussions about the environment and climate change.
But commenting on government policy, Charles recently admitted he will not have that freedom once he takes the throne as king.
In a BBC documentary marking his 70th birthday in 2018, Charles said he would refrain from such interventions, saying: “I’m not that stupid.”
He added that he “would not be able to do the same things that I did as an heir” and as a monarch he would have to operate within “constitutional parameters”.
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It comes after the Supreme Court today refused to block asylum seekers who will be deported to Rwanda next week.
Migrants who were about to be put on a one-way deportation flight, the East African nation, along with campaign groups and a union, had asked judges to block their forthcoming deportation flight.
But Judge Mr Justice Swift said there was a “substantial public interest” in allowing Priti Patel to implement immigration control decisions.
He also said the risks of sending asylum seekers more than 4,000 miles away to one of the world’s poorest countries, described by the applicants, were low and “in the realm of speculation”.
The court heard 31 people were due for the first flight on Tuesday, with the Home Office planning to schedule more this year.
“I do not believe that the principle of expediency supports granting the general exemption,” Swift told the court.
Shortly after the ruling, Judge Swift on Monday granted the plaintiffs leave to appeal to the Court of Appeals.
Sonya Sceats, chief executive of the charity Freedom From Torture, said: “We are disappointed that the court did not issue this injunction to ensure that no one is sent to Rwanda before Boris Johnson’s cruel policies are subject to proper legal scrutiny can.
“But the fight is far from over. Caring people across the UK are outraged that this government wants to send people halfway across the world seeking safety and are taking action.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/prince-charles-reportedly-brands-priti-27204228 Prince Charles has reportedly called Priti Patel's migrant policy in Rwanda "appalling".