The Queen and Prince Charles have a power called 'royal consent', (not to be confused with Royal Assent), which lets them insist laws give them unique exemptions. This includes exemptions from environmental protection laws, planning laws, tax laws, race discrimination laws and much, much more.
The royals also enjoy complete access to government ministers in London and devolved parliaments and complete secrecy surrounds what they say to our elected politicians.
It has also been claimed that Prince Charles has been caught up in a cash-for-access scheme, where rich and powerful people can pay to meet with the prince and potentially lobby for political intervention on their behalf.
All of this means the royals are able to demand laws suit their personal, private interests and may be persuaded to lobby on behalf of rich and powerful people from the UK and abroad. This has to stop.
We're calling for the royal consent law to be scrapped and for royal secrecy to end. Voters should know what Prince Charles is saying to our politicians, what he's demanding and why.
Two clear legal changes are needed:
- Scrap the royal consent law.
- Amend Freedom of Information laws so royal lobbying can be scrutinised.
Sign the petition. Let's get this done.