Are Charles and Trump set for a showdown over climate change? Prince is preparing for a frank discussion with US President during upcoming State Visit
- Prince Charles is set to have a discussion US president about climate change
- The exchange will take place during Donald Trump visit to Britain next month
- Charles has been a passionate environmental campaigner for decades
- Trump sparked widespread outrage when he pulled the US out of the Paris treaty
Prince Charles is prepared for a frank exchange of views with Donald Trump over climate change during the US President’s State visit to Britain next month, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
According to a source close to the Prince, Charles will be ‘very happy’ to talk about climate change if the subject is raised by the President.
The two men have long been outspoken in their very different views on global warming.
Charles has been a passionate environmental campaigner for decades and called for international co-operation to reduce greenhouse emissions in the run-up to the landmark Paris Agreement of 2015.
Prince Charles (left) is prepared for a frank exchange of views with Donald Trump (centre with wife Melania, right) over climate change during the US President’s State visit to Britain next month, The Mail on Sunday can reveal (photo taken in 2005)
Trump sparked widespread outrage when he pulled the US out of the treaty, and is even on record as claiming that ‘the concept of global warming was created’ by China to damage the US economy.
According to Palace sources, diplomatic protocol says that the agenda for the meeting should be dictated by Trump as the visiting head of state.
But a source close to the Prince last night told The Mail on Sunday ‘it remains very likely’ climate change will be discussed, adding that no conversations have taken place to prevent it from being raised.
The source said: ‘Climate change is a subject that the Prince has talked about for 40 years and he will look forward to discussing it with the President should it come up. He would be very happy to have the opportunity to talk about it.’
Given Trump’s notoriously volatile personality, a frank discussion risks becoming heated.
But a second source said that Charles had ‘more than enough experience’ to prevent any diplomatic incident.
Prince Charles, who has been a passionate environmental campaigner for decades will be ‘very happy’ to talk about climate change if the subject is raised by the President, according to a source close to the Royal
An intervention by Charles over climate change could spark new fears that the heir to the throne will be a ‘meddling monarch’.
The Prince has responded to such accusations in the past saying he will discontinue campaigning when he becomes king.
Trump’s meeting with Charles is expected to take place at his official residence, Clarence House, on June 3. On the same day, the Queen will hold an official State banquet for the President, which Charles will also attend.
The Prince declined to meet Trump when he came to Britain last year. At the time it was said that a future State visit by the President was in jeopardy because of fears that Prince Charles would lecture him on climate change. The claim was strongly denied.
According to plans released last week, Trump and his wife Melania are set to arrive in England on the morning of June 3, where they will be welcomed at Buckingham Palace by the Queen, Charles and Camilla.
Trump and his wife Melania will be welcomed at Buckingham Palace by the Queen, Charles and Camilla (left). Meanwhile, Duchess of Sussex, Meghan (right) is conveniently on maternity leave
The President is supposedly bringing four of his five children with him, along with their respective partners, but their involvement in the visit itself has not yet been made clear.
The trip includes a private lunch with the Queen and Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace.
Meghan is conveniently on maternity leave, having called Trump ‘divisive’ and ‘misogynistic.’
Trump and Melania will meet the Cambridges at the State banquet, along with Charles, Camilla and the Queen, and will then continue to Clarence House for a private tea with Charles and Camilla, where it is likely any discussions about climate change would take place.
Last night, a spokesperson for Clarence House declined to comment but noted that ‘all discussions held will be private’.
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