According to the UK newspaper Sunday Times, King Charles III will not attend the COP27 climate summit in Egypt in November after Prime Minister Liz Truss “objected” to his participation.
Charles III, who ascended to the throne after his mother Elizabeth II died last month and is an environmentalist, had planned to deliver a speech at this climate summit, which will be held from November 6-18.
During a personal meeting with Truss at Buckingham Palace in September, he objected to his participation in the “Cop 27” summit, despite being commissioned by the Queen to lead the government only two days before her death.
The news comes at a difficult time for the prime minister, who is under fire for her economic plans, which have caused market turmoil and may reduce the country’s climate change commitments.
The most recent climate summit was held in Glasgow, Scotland. At the event, Charles, the late Queen, and his son William spoke.
The British government and Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the newspaper’s report, which said the incident “will likely fuel tension” between the king and the prime minister.
However, a government source confirmed that the meeting was “friendly” and that “there was no disagreement.” Simultaneously, a royal source told the newspaper, “It is no secret that the king was invited” to attend the summit.