The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Row over prince’s staff at Whitehall


Members of the Prince of Wales’s staff have been working in Whitehall department­s, it has been confirmed.

Clarence House confirmed that three staff members had been seconded to government department­s over the past five years.

All three were said to be junior personnel who had been given the placements – which ranged from six weeks to two years – to develop their careers.

Suggestion­s that they had been posted to Whitehall to influence policy of behalf of the Prince were strongly denied.

However someMPs have raised concerns about the placements, saying they will raise the issue in the House of Commons when parliament returns next month.

Two of the staff concerned were seconded to theCabinet­Office while the third went to the Department for the Environmen­t, Food and Rural Affairs. One has now l eft the Prince’s employment.

A Cl a r e n c e House spokespers­on said: “We have had two secondment­s to government department­sin the past twoyears. The secondment­s were suggested on the basis of profession­al developmen­t.

“Bothhaveco­metoanatur­al conclusion. There was no official feedback mechanism and no regular meetings were attended with the Prince of Wales’s Household.”

The disclosure comes after it emerged last week that the Prince had had 36 private meetings with Cabinet ministers since the general election in 2010.

One unnamed minister said it raised questions as to whether the Prince was exceeding his position as a constituti­onal monarch in waiting. He was quoted as saying. “There is a question about whether they are influencin­g policy.”

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