Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, were snubbed by Commonwealth leaders at Ugandan banquet at the weekend.

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The royal couple were kept waiting to start their dinner – which was hosted in their honour by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni – as many guests failed to show up.

Organisers finally decided to go ahead with the feast even though at least a quarter of the prime ministers expected to arrive never turned up, while many more, including Gordon Brown, arrived late.

Many see the snub as a sign of Charles and Camilla’s dwindling popularity in the Commonwealth, as many countries are now starting to favour becoming a republic.

However, in spite of the disappointing turnout at the banquet, sources say Charles’ trip to Uganda has been a huge success.

The prince has received a warm reception at every stop of his tour of the African country.

On Friday (23.11.07), Charles attended the annual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which was opened by his mother Queen Elizabeth.

The following day, Charles and Camilla took an exhilarating river-boat trip down the Nile. Camilla joked to onlookers: “We have only got four-and-a-half thousand miles until we get to the other end of the Nile. See you on the other side.”

Yesterday (25.11.07), the royal couple started a five-day tour of Turkey.