‘King’ Charles pri­vate let­ters re­lease block

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THE Gov­ern­ment has blocked the re­lease of let­ters writ­ten by Prince Charles to min­is­ters.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Do­minic Grieve said the cor­re­spon­dence be­tween Charles and seven gov­ern­ment de­part­ments was part of his “prepa­ra­tion for king­ship”.

Mak­ing the let­ters pub­lic could po­ten­tially dam­age the prin­ci­ple of the heir to the throne be­ing po­lit­i­cally neu­tral, and so un­der­mine his abil­ity to ful­fil his du­ties when king, said Mr Grieve.

The Gov­ern­ment had been or­dered to dis­close the let­ters sent dur­ing a seven-month pe­riod in 2004 and 2005 by Charles, af­ter a jour­nal­ist won a free­dom of in­for­ma­tion ap­peal.

Three judges at a tri­bunal ruled in favour of Rob Evans, of The

Guardian, who had chal­lenged a de­ci­sion by the In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner to up­hold a gov­ern­ment re­fusal.

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