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22/02/06
The The ‘Dissident’ Prince
- Charles sees himself as rebel with a crown, says former aide

MARK BOLLAND, former Deputy Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales, says his ex-boss saw himself as a “dissident working against the prevailing political consensus.”

“[Prince Charles] would readily embrace the political aspects of any contentious issue he was interested in and this is an aspect of his role which the Prince saw as particularly important,” said Bolland.

The confirmation of Charles’s interventions into the world of politics have come on the back of articles in a Sunday newspaper and Charles’s subsequent legal attempts to block further revelations.

The Prince’s method of getting politically active seems to have revolved around firing off angry letters to ministers and other public figures, but also encompassed a snub-protest against China.

Bolland says Charles didn‘t turn up at a 1999 dinner for Chinese President Jiang Zemin “as a deliberate snub to the Chinese because he did not approve of the Chinese regime.” The Prince then made sure the snub was leaked to the media, Bolland says.

More revelations are likely unless the Prince’s legal team is successful in its blocking attempts.



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