Secret papers show extent of senior royals' veto over bills | UK news | The Guardian
The Guardian has been pursuing FOI requests relating to meetings/letters from the royal family to Ministers for a while.
The above article talks about how the royal family are asked for their consent in the cases where proposed laws affect them. Now the UK legal/parliament systems is set up with nominally the power residing with the crown and exercised by parliament, hence the crown prosecution service for example and the fact that you can't bring the Crown to court.
Now as a republican in the full meaning of the word the idea that someone has power due to birth is of course anathema, but looking at the list of bills it does look like just a.n.other vested interest looking out for themselves. Why would Prince Charles care about gambling?
This is the worst of it in my opinion.
"In the pamphlet, the Parliamentary Counsel warns civil servants that if consent is not forthcoming there is a risk "a major plank of the bill must be removed"."
Now doubt the Guardian will be pursuing more.
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