Prince Charles reportedly calls Rwanda policy ‘appalling’

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The heir to the throne is reportedly furious with the government’s immigration policy (Image: PA/Reuters)

Prince Charles is said to have described the government’s plan to send people to Rwanda as “appalling”.

The heir to the throne is said to have discussed Boris Johnson’s controversial refugee policy in a private conversation.

According to comments leaked to the Times, Charles doesn’t like the government’s “direction of travel”.

He is also said to be furious at the timing of the Rwanda policy as he is due to chair a conference in Rwanda later this month.

The Prince of Wales will represent the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Kigali.

An anonymous source close to Charles told the newspaper: “He said he was beyond disappointed in politics.

“He said he found the whole government action appalling. It was clear that he was not impressed with the government’s direction.’

WADEBRIDGE, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the Royal Cornwall Show at Royal Cornwall Showground on June 10, 2022 in Wadebridge, England. This is the first show after a hiatus during the Covid-19 pandemic and will run June 9-11. (Photo by Hugh Hastings - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

It’s unclear in what context the Prince of Wales made the comments (Picture: Getty)

It is unclear how the Times’ comments were transmitted, and Clarence House did not deny or confirm that they represented Charles’ views.

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.’

It wouldn’t be the first time Charles has expressed his opinion on political matters, but he’s appeared far more neutral in recent years.

The Royal Convention states that senior royals, particularly the monarch, do not voice their views on the actions of governments, a position the Queen has been keen to uphold.

Republicans have long argued that Charles’s involvement in politics and his earlier willingness to voice his views will test the delicate balance between hereditary monarchy and Democratic government.

Under a plan spearheaded by the Home Secretary, migrants arriving illegally in Britain must be deported more than 4,000 miles to the Central African District.

A group of people believed to be migrants are taken aboard a Border Force vessel to Dover, Kent, following an incident involving a small boat in the English Channel. Picture date: Tuesday June 7, 2022. PA Photo. The number of migrants arriving in the UK after crossing the English Channel in small boats this year is expected to exceed 10,000. See PA story POLITICS Migrants. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The directive aims to discourage people from crossing the Channel in small boats (Image: PA)

The government survived a first legal challenge to prevent the first scheduled flight from taking off on Tuesday.

Another is expected to be filed in the coming days and the government has previously acknowledged there is likely to be extensive litigation over the directive.

Welcoming the ruling, Priti Patel said: “People will continue to seek to prevent their resettlement through legal challenges and last-minute demands, but we will not be deterred from disrupting the deadly human smuggling and ultimately saving lives.

“Rwanda is a safe country and has previously been recognized for providing a safe haven for refugees – we will continue preparations for the first flight to Rwanda, alongside a range of other measures aimed at reducing small boat crossings.”

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