King Charles III won’t attend COP27 after Truss reportedly ‘objected’

King Charles III will not attend next month’s United Nations climate summit in Egypt, Buckingham Palace confirmed on Sunday, after British Prime Minister Liz Truss was reportedly “opposed” to housework. environment interested in attending.

Britain’s new monarch, who ascended the throne when his mother Queen Elizabeth II died last month, was due to address the world leaders gathered at the COP27 summit on June 2. November 6-18, Sunday Times reported.

But the plan fell through after Truss – who had been appointed prime minister by the late queen just two days before her death – opposed it during a personal audience with Charles at the palace on Sunday. last month, the newspaper said.

Queen Elizabeth spoke at the United Nations climate summit in November 2021, with the blessing of the Tory government led by Truss’ predecessor Boris Johnson.

Charles III’s office appears to be separate from the incendiary newspaper report, which asserts that the king sought Truss’ advice.

“With friendship and mutual respect, it was agreed that the king would not attend,” it told the BBC.

The Sunday Times story comes amid speculation that Britain’s new leader – which has been opposed by her economic plans has caused market turmoil – could controversially reduce The country’s legally binding climate commitment.

Her newly assembled cabinet includes several ministers who expressed skepticism about the so-called no net target 2050, while Truss herself is seen as less enthusiastic about policy than his predecessor Johnson .

The newspaper said she was unlikely to attend COP27 – the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Britain hosted its last summit, COP26, in the Scottish city of Glasgow. In addition to the late queen, Charles and his son William both spoke at the event.

– ‘Soft Power Valuation’ –

Downing Street declined to comment on the report.

Cabinet minister Simon Clarke dismissed it as “simply not true”, telling Sky News the decision had been made “unanimously” and “amicably”.

Meanwhile, Conservative Party chairman Jake Berry told the broadcaster the government was “committed to reaching net zero by 2050”.

However, Tory MP Tobias Ellwood called for a rethink of the monarch’s disengagement in Egypt, writing on Twitter that he hoped “common sense will prevail”.

Ellwood added: “King Charles is a globally respected voice on the environment and climate change.

“His attendance will add serious power to the British delegation. Can we really go from hosting COP26 to handing out soft power at COP27?”

The Sunday Times said the episode was “potential to spark tension” between Charles and Truss, but quoted a government source as saying the audience was “intimate” and “there was not a single argument”. .

Meanwhile, a royal source told the newspaper: “It’s no secret that the king was invited there.

“He’s had to think very hard about what steps to take for his first overseas tour, and he won’t be attending COP (27).

By convention in the UK, all official overseas visits by members of the royal family are made on the advice of the government.

However, although he did not attend personally, reports say the king still hopes to be able to contribute in some form to the conference.

Charles III is a dedicated environmentalist with a long history of campaigning for better conservation, organic farming and addressing climate change.

This story has been published from the electronic agency’s feed with no modifications to the text.

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