‘I’ll stop med­dling when I be­come king’

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with a large tele­vi­sion and out­side at a bar­be­cue. The pho­tos were taken in 2015, two years af­ter he was con­victed. Pros­e­cu­tors are pur­su­ing le­gal ac­tion against prison staff. LON­DON: Bri­tain’s Prince Charles says he will stop med­dling in is­sues he feels strongly about when he even­tu­ally be­comes king, say­ing he is “not that stupid”.

The heir to the Bri­tish throne has long been out­spo­ken on is­sues rang­ing from cli­mate change and ar­chi­tec­ture to al­ter­na­tive medicine, and crit­ics have warned that if he con­tin­ued as sovereign he would put the monar­chy at risk.

In the run-up to his 70th birth­day on Wed­nes­day, the el­dest son of 92-year-old Queen El­iz­a­beth said the role of the monarch was dif­fer­ent from his po­si­tion as Prince of Wales. “The two sit­u­a­tions are com­pletely dif­fer­ent,” he said.

Un­der Bri­tain’s un­writ­ten constitution, the monarch is obliged to re­main neu­tral on po­lit­i­cal is­sues

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