Prince Charles's letters will reveal thoughts on government

  • 26 March 2015
  • From the section UK

What was once private, will now ā€” at some stage ā€” be very public.

A future king's letters to seven government ministers ā€” written, no doubt, in his distinctive style which includes plenty of underlinings and exclamation marks.

We have a sense of what they might contain. The former Attorney General has described them as particularly frank and he said their publication could lead the public to interpret them as disagreeing with Government policy at the time.

Those around the prince insist the contents are relatively benign and they are relaxed about their eventual publication.

Given his passion and his history of conveying blunt messages, some of Charles' letters will, at the very least, raise the odd eyebrow.

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Prince Charles and the black spider memos

  • 26 March 2015
  • From the section UK
Prince Charles

After 10 years, several court cases, and a cost to the taxpayer of hundreds of thousands of pounds, an end appears to be in sight for this dogged pursuit of Prince Charles's black spider memos.

A final resolution will only be delayed if there's a referral on an issue of European law to the Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

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What is next for Prince Harry?

  • 17 March 2015
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Prince Harry

We know what Prince Harry's giving up.

We don't yet know what will fill the considerable void that the absence of a military career will leave in his life.

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Prince William in China: The battle to save elephants

  • 4 March 2015
  • From the section UK

The irony will not have been lost on Prince William.

In Wild Elephant Valley, close to the Burmese border, the prince met Ran Ran and learned about the initiatives being undertaken here to protect Asian elephants.

This conservation work is taking place at the same time as elephants are being slaughtered in Africa to satisfy the growing Chinese market in ivory.

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Prince William in Japan: From one ancient institution to another

  • 27 February 2015
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The Duke of Cambridge shakes hands with Japanese Emperor Akihito

When Prince William met Emperor Akihito it was an encounter between the representatives of one ancient institution and of another, which is even more ancient.

Japan's imperial family is the world's oldest continuous hereditary monarchy.

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Prince William's Far East trip his most significant to date

  • 26 February 2015
  • From the section UK
Prince William with Governor of Tokyo Yoichi Masuzoe
Prince William will continue to juggle his royal and other roles

The Duke of Cambridge has arrived in Tokyo as part of a week-long trip to the Far East.

This visit - especially the three days he'll spend in China next week - will be the most significant Prince William has undertaken.

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Prince Charles biography authoritative, but not flattering

  • 31 January 2015
  • From the section UK
Prince Charles
Prince Charles reign will be different from his mothers and this book might help use understand how much

To write the biography Charles: Heart of a King, Catherine Mayer had access to Prince Charles, his friends, his staff and his critics.

The published extract is authoritative, balanced and, in parts, far from flattering.

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Sarah Ferguson offers 'careful' praise for prince

  • 13 January 2015
  • From the section UK
Sarah Ferguson

Few public figures have chosen to declare their support for Prince Andrew as he faces claims of underage sex which he's denied.

David Cameron ducked an opportunity to endorse the Queen's son when it was offered to him.

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Unwelcome attention

  • 10 January 2015
  • From the section England
Prince Andrew in Germany in June 2014

The timing of the news that Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson have bought a luxury Swiss chalet is unfortunate from the perspective of Buckingham Palace.

It focuses attention again on the life that Prince Andrew can afford to lead.

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Prince Andrew will need resilience over sex claims

  • 5 January 2015
  • From the section UK
Prince Andrew

There's a tried and tested royal reaction when faced with a controversy - and there have been plenty over the years. It's to maintain that the Windsor in the uncomfortable spotlight is focused on their work.

This is the message emanating from Buckingham Palace about Prince Andrew as he grapples with whether or not he needs to do any more in response to the allegations of sex with a woman when she was under age, which he has denied.

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