Prince Charles is ‘appalled’ by Boris Johnson’s migrant deportation scheme

In May, Boris Johnson and his people announced a terrible scheme: they would deport immigrants to Rwanda, and those refugees would be able to apply for asylum or citizenship in Rwanda. The BoJo government has already begun loading people into planes and sending them to Rwanda. There are lawyers fighting for the migrants’ rights and it’s a huge political mess. In recent days, Prince Charles has let it be known that he does not agree with the Johnson policy.

A British newspaper says Prince Charles has criticized the government’s plan to start deporting some asylum-seekers to Rwanda, calling it “appalling.” Citing unnamed sources, the Times newspaper reported late Friday that the heir to the British throne is privately opposed to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s policy to send people to the East African country.

The prince’s office neither confirmed nor denied the report. “We would not comment on supposed anonymous private conversations with the Prince of Wales, except to restate that he remains politically neutral,” Clarence House said in a statement. “Matters of policy are decisions for government.”

The new policy threatens to overshadow the upcoming visit by Charles and his wife Camilla to Rwanda later this month to attend a meeting of Commonwealth leaders. The Times said a source had heard Charles express opposition to the policy several times in private, and that he was “more than disappointed” by it. Reportedly, “He said he thinks the government’s whole approach is appalling. It was clear he was not impressed with the government’s direction of travel.”

[From The AP and The Guardian]

It’s two things at once: a story about Prince Charles meddling in domestic government policy, AND a story about the inhumanity of the Johnson government, to the point where even royals are appalled by the asinine scheme. It’s also worth noting that this story didn’t come out of thin air. This was a sanctioned, purposeful and “strategic” leak from Clarence House. This was Charles wanting to add his name publicly to the list of people who are, frankly, appalled by the scheme. But Charles’s position as future king means that he is supposed to “stay out of politics.” Johnson’s cabinet ministers sniffed at Charles: “His mother has set the gold standard, and that’s the standard that he will have to live up to when his time comes. While this kind of intervention will be tolerated while he is the Prince of Wales, the same will not be true when he becomes king.” As in, even the Tories are putting Charles on notice that “this” will not be tolerated when he is king (and he’s basically regent now).

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail has a hilariously stuffy story about how Charles has hated BoJo for years and it sounds quite personal, not political:

Even for Prime Ministers, a visit to the Queen’s private estate of Balmoral is considered a unique privilege – a glimpse into the inner workings of the Royal Family in a more relaxed setting. But when Boris Johnson was invited to the Scottish Highlands at the end of the Queen’s summer break in 2019, it was a profoundly awkward experience for all concerned. The Prince of Wales had extended an invitation for the Prime Minister to visit him at Birkhall, his home on the estate, after Mr Johnson had met the Queen at Balmoral. But the Prime Minister’s demeanour during the meeting with Prince Charles led to ‘eyebrows being raised’ – courtier code for ‘we are not amused’.

A ‘distracted’ Mr Johnson is said to have arrived in a ‘shambolic state’ with his then girlfriend Carrie Symonds, and was ‘clearly not focused’ on the meeting in hand. While the Prince of Wales remained ‘Sphynx-like’ throughout, the courtiers concluded that the Prime Minister, who had been in Downing Street for only a matter of weeks, had displayed ‘disrespectful’ behaviour.

‘Let’s just say,’ said a well-placed source, ‘that the Prime Minister was not focused on the meeting with the Prince of Wales in a way one might expect. The Prince of Wales is used to meeting all sorts of people but among the aides there was a feeling definitely that during the Birkhall meeting with Boris Johnson, he wasn’t being afforded the respect you might argue that he deserves as a senior public figure who works very hard for the country. The Prince wasn’t kicking up a fuss about it. It was more the staff who felt sorry on his behalf. The next time they met, it was sort of quashed. Things have got better, but they have never been what you might call the best of friends.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I mean… I’m obviously not any kind of BoJo fan and I’m obviously not down with conservative politics in any form, but I’m totally fine with Johnson not showing Charles the respect Charles thinks he’s owed. Government officials – people who are actually elected to office – shouldn’t be made to bow and scrape through endless “meetings” with royalty. And Charles is making a huge PR blunder if he thinks that making this into a personal issue is the way to go about this. If Charles wanted to simply get the message out that he’s “appalled” by the government’s scheme, so be it. But the details about Boris not showing him the proper respect make Charles look petty and unserious.

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  1. Amy Bee says:

    It’s also important to note that Charles with going to Rwanda next week for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting he doesn’t want to be seen as endorsing this plan which most of the public don’t agree with.

    • kirk says:

      Am a little confused about these foreign trips since I thought that they were done at the best of, or at least with the involvement of, elected government (Foreign Office). Is the Rwanda trip just on BRF’s own initiative as a Commonwealth thing? Would seem kinda short sighted for BoJo’s admin to sanction a princely meet and greet at the same time he’s kicking out the citizens. But then the guy can’t even be bothered to comb his hair or abide his own COVID protocols.

      Anyone in the press or government tsk-tsking about Chuck getting involved in policy seems ridiculous at this point, since he’s done it for a long time. What are they going to do about it?

  2. Seraphina says:

    Wait, so PoW – almost king – is allowed to make comments about politics????? Wait whaaaaaaat?????

  3. Wiglet Watcher says:

    He should have left it as lip service against racism. He couldn’t help himself because he is raised as all heirs are raised. To believe they are deserving of fealty.

  4. Melody says:

    Man Who Drives African-American Daughter-In-Law From Country Flails About For New Way to Avoid Appearance of Racism

  5. ITIFFANY says:

    This is the same country and Prince who learned and did nothing when Windrush occurred.

    He only did this because he wanted to embarrass Boris, who doesn’t embarrass.

    Sure Chuck. Sure.

  6. anna says:

    I think he knows his opinion won’t move anything, but this way he gets to look like he’s on the right side – otherwise, he could have said something sooner

  7. aquarius64 says:

    Trying to avoid another predominantly black country from rejecting the Crown?

  8. Esmerelda says:

    ITA – the whole “BoJo did not kiss the Princely ring” whining cheapens the “virtuous” point about racism.
    And Royalty should really stay out of politics – most people are not up in arms about his comments (and the weaselly “in private” smokescreen) because we sort of agree with him now, but what if he had endorsed the policy?
    He’s not fit to be King. Shut it all down.

  9. Selene says:

    Charles is already different from the Queen, and he is very deliberate about it. He has shared many opinions and he will do the same when he is King. I agree with this; everytime the Queen keeps her head in the sand on important issues, she’s berated. Modern times call for modernity.

  10. Concern Fae says:

    I’m seeing this as the POW slapping down Boris, letting him know that the Tory clown show can, in fact, take things too far. Are the Royal Family awful? Of course. But they are better than the current UK government.* The Tories have tied themselves to the Royal Family and Chuck is reminding them that he’s the future head of the Family and that while they don’t give a shit about England’s standing in the eyes of the world, he does. He’s saying Boris showed up drunk to his house. Everyone will believe this and some percentage of the Little Englanders who are the base of support for the Tories and the RF, will take the Prince’s side.

    *Yes, as human beings, they are awful. But they are basically a bog standard dysfunctional super rich family. If they weren’t supposed to be leaders and moral exemplars, we wouldn’t even notice them more than say, the Duke of Westminster, or some random billionaire.

    • SarahCS says:

      I think this is pretty accurate. BoJo won’t be PM forever but Charles will still have his job. After the last week in politics it’s clear how bad things are for the party and Charles is adding his voice to the ‘sack Boris’ camp as well as wanting to be on the right side of history with this latest round of officially sanctioned cruelty.

    • Christine says:

      What power does the PM have over the monarchy? Is there anything they can actually do, to the monarch or heirs? I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve asked this question.

  11. Saucy&Sassy says:

    Well, whenever I see Boris Johnson, I always get the impression that he can’t be bothered about … anything. I’m in the US, so he does’t impact my life. He can’t be bothered to brush his hair or at least make an effort to appear professional. His demeanor always makes me ASSUME that he’s probably crass. I also have a problem believing that he has more than 2 brain cells. I’m not saying that I’m right, but I wouldn’t want to sit down and talk with him. Ever.

    Isn’t it interesting that the Royals can be political when the government wants them to be, but they can’t when their opinion differs from theirs. If PC keeps this up, his reign might actually be interesting.

    • SarahCS says:

      Do t be fooled, a lot of this is an act. He’s highly educated (which I know doesn’t mean smart’) and was Z successful journalist. Yes he’s slovenly and has no actual policies beyond ‘like me’ but he’s no fool.

  12. Colby says:

    “ people who are actually elected to office – shouldn’t be made to bow and scrape through endless “meetings” with royalty.”

    This. I’m sorry but no matter how little one personally likes Boris, at least the man was elected.

    Also, what kind of system is it that doesn’t allow it’s head of state to have opinions on *checks notes* matters of state?

    • Betsy says:

      But this is the deal in England. That’s how the system is currently set up, which puts Boris into the “just rude for no reason” camp, especially since his party is the one that loves the Royals, no?

  13. Sour Pasoa says:

    Wow, look who’s talking.
    He should be the last one to comment.

    His accept me campaign is 🔛

  14. Rice says:

    Just last week, a gentleman from a Middle Eastern country said in an interview that it was disgusting how the UK is sending all asylum seekers (non-white) like himself to Rwanda, except for those that come from Ukraine.

    Charles is trying to make it seem like the royal family is not racist, the same royal family that exiled a black woman who dared to marry their white prince.

    GTFOA with that, your royal fakeness!

  15. Mslove says:

    Is Chuck having a little fun with his power? Will Chuck be making statements like this when he is King? Goodness, people better watch out, mind their manners around Chuck and be respectful or he will go to his favorite social media platform, The Daily Fail, and complain.

  16. Denise says:

    This amuses me

    Carry on Chuck

  17. jferber says:

    Sure he is. They can all swivel into a lie so easily.

  18. Jen says:

    I’m so deeply ashamed to be British right now. The vast majority of us are horrified with the Rwanda deportation scheme. It’s horrific. Bojo is a laughing stock and is clinging onto being PM even though over 40% of his own party voted that they had no confidence in him! He’s a blood sucking leech who refuses to let go 😩.

  19. Murekatete says:

    Well, I live here (Rwanda) and CHOGM is in less than a week. Charles can put his money where his mouth is – the U.K. can fund and develop programs for the people they don’t want and want to send to us, and they can do so in a way that benefits the other refugees who’ve spent sometimes more than 30 years here. If you’re going to be angry, put it to good use. Here, we don’t have the funds the U.K. does, and because so many Rwandans experienced being refugees, they don’t demonize them in the same way Johnson and his ilk do.

    Rwanda is tiny – we can’t take on tons of refugees. But if the U.K. and Charles want to do something good, they can.