World · June 24, 2022

Prince Charles in Rwanda: Clarence House does not deny comment on news that Prince of Wales finds UK plan to send migrants to Rwanda “scary”


Clarence House said it would not comment on what it calls “allegedly anonymous private conversations with the Prince of Wales” after British newspaper The Times reported that Prince Charles privately described the British government’s controversial plan to send asylum seekers in. “Scary” Rwanda.

“He said he was more than disappointed with politics,” the Times reported, citing an unnamed source. “He said he thinks the whole government approach is scary.”

CNN did not independently verify the Times report.

Clarence House told CNN in a statement that the Prince of Wales remains politically neutral.

“We would not like to comment on alleged anonymous private conversations with the Prince of Wales, except to reiterate that he remains politically neutral. Political issues are decisions for the government, “said Clarence House.

Prince Charles fears the controversial policy could overshadow the summit of Commonwealth heads of government in Kigali, Rwanda, according to the Times.

The Times reported that the Prince of Wales feared controversial politics loomed over the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit to be held later this month in Kigali, Rwanda, where he is expected to represent Queen Elizabeth II.

In response to the Times report, a UK government spokesperson told CNN: “Our world-leading partnership with Rwanda will see those who make dangerous, unnecessary and illegal trips to the UK move there to consider their claims and rebuild their lives. There is no single solution to the global migration crisis, but doing nothing is not an option and this partnership will help break the business model of criminal gangs and prevent the loss of life. ”

“Rwanda is a fundamentally safe and secure country with a track record of supporting asylum seekers and we are confident that the agreement is fully compliant with all national and international laws,” the statement added.

The UK government announced in April that it had agreed on a deal to send asylum seekers to the East African country, in a move that insisted on disrupting human trafficking networks and deterring migrants from crossing the dangerous channel to England from Europe.

On Friday, the UK’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda as early as next week was given the green light after London’s High Court denied an injunction put forward by activists to block the first flight to depart on Tuesday.

The scheme of the Ministry of the Interior is under judicial control in the Royal Courts, where a ruling on its legality is expected at the end of July.

Human rights groups have said they will appeal the decision. Care4Calais, one of the human rights groups that launched the initial challenge to stop deportations, said it received permission to appeal the ruling on Monday.