King Charles III will not travel to next month’s COP27 climate summit in Egypt after UK Prime Minister Liz Truss “opposed” the avid environmentalist to attend, a report said on Saturday night.
Britain’s new monarch, who took over the throne when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died last month, had intended to deliver a speech at the meeting from November 6-18, the Sunday Times reported.
But the plan was called off after Truss, who was appointed prime minister by the late queen two days before her death, objected during a personal audience with Charles at Buckingham Palace last month.
The report comes amid speculation that Britain’s new leader, already under fire for her economic plans that have sparked market turbulence, could controversially scale back the country’s climate change commitments.
Her newly assembled cabinet contains a number of ministers who have expressed skepticism about so-called net-zero targets for 2050, while Truss herself appears less enthusiastic about the policy than her predecessor Boris Johnson.
The Sunday Times said he was unlikely to attend COP27, the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Britain hosted the latest summit in the Scottish city of Glasgow, when Charles, the late queen and their son William addressed the event.
Both Downing Street and Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the report.
The newspaper said the episode was “likely to fuel tensions” between Charles and Truss, but quoted a government source as saying the hearing had been “cordial” and “there had been no fight”.
Meanwhile, a royal source told the newspaper: “It is no mystery that the king was invited to go there.
“He had to think very carefully about what steps to take for his first tour abroad, and he will not attend COP(27).”
Under convention in Britain, all official foreign visits by members of the royal family are made in accordance with government advice.
However, despite not attending in person, reports say the king still hopes to contribute in some way to the conference.
Carlos III is a committed environmentalist with a long history of fighting for better conservation, organic agriculture and the fight against climate change.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
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