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Liz Truss 'orders King Charles to stay away from the Cop27 climate change summit'

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The new prime minister has flexed her muscles by telling the new king to stay away from Egypt’s Cop27 summit on climate change next month, according to a new report.

King Charles, a renowned environmentalist, had planned to make a speech at the meeting of world leaders, but now he has been forced to give up those plans, according to The times.

Liz Truss, who herself was deemed unlikely to attend the meeting in Sharm al-Sheikh, made her feelings clear last month during a personal audience with the monarch at Buckingham Palace.

The decision likely marks a shaky start to relations between the new head of government and the new head of the Commonwealth, although a Downing Street source downplayed the discussion, claiming the public was “warm-hearted” and “there had been no arguing.”

Buckingham Palace confirmed that the king will not attend the summit and that the decision was made in consultation without any hint of disagreement.

The news comes amid fears that the government plans to water down, or completely abandon, its environmental commitments to reach ‘net zero’ by 2050, in light of the challenging economic situation facing the country.

Liz Truss arrives at her hotel for the annual Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.  The new prime minister

Liz Truss arrives at her hotel for the annual Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. The new prime minister

There is speculation that the king had plans to deliver a speech at the upcoming Cop27 conference that would clash with the new government's watered-down climate change policy

There is speculation that the king had plans to deliver a speech at the upcoming Cop27 conference that would clash with the new government's watered-down climate change policy

There is speculation that the king had plans to deliver a speech at the upcoming Cop27 conference that would clash with the new government’s watered-down climate change policy

A leading royal source confirmed that the king had been invited to go.

“He had to think very carefully about the steps to take for his first overseas tour, and he’s not going to Cop.”

The source added that the decision was taken on the advice of the government and “in the spirit of always remembering as a king that he is acting on the advice of the government.”

However, despite his agreement with Truss, the king still wants to make his mark at the summit, which will take place from November 6-18.

A leading royal source said: “Just because he’s not physically present doesn’t mean His Majesty won’t find other ways to support it,” and that how he’ll do it is “under active discussion.”

The Times quoted a source who “knows Charles” as saying the King would be “personally disappointed if he didn’t go”.

Charles had planned appointments around his Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI), which aims to convince companies to invest in environmentally friendly initiatives.

The source was critical of the government’s decision to ban the new king from attending the meeting after the queen delivered a “completely non-political speech” at Cop last year.

“The king could absolutely convey the government’s message and make it credible, given all the praise he has in that space,” the source said.

“It’s disappointing when people don’t believe he could, of course he could. He delivered the Queen’s speech at the state opening of parliament, twisting many policies that went against his personal beliefs.’

Charles gave a speech at Cop21 in Paris in 2015, calling for a “major military-style campaign” to fight climate change and urging world leaders to allocate “trillions, not billions of dollars.”

King Charles - then prince - shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahou for the family photo at COP 21 on November 30, 2015, where the king delivered a speech on climate change calling on world leaders to adopt war feet to tackle the problem

King Charles - then prince - shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahou for the family photo at COP 21 on November 30, 2015, where the king delivered a speech on climate change calling on world leaders to adopt war feet to tackle the problem

King Charles – then prince – shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahou for the family photo at COP 21 on November 30, 2015, where the king delivered a speech on climate change calling on world leaders to adopt war feet to tackle the problem

He then made a similar speech at the Cop26 opening ceremony in Glasgow, again comparing the threat of climate change to a world war.

In a video speech at the conference last year, the late Queen praised his work. “It is a source of great pride to me that the leading role my husband played in encouraging people to protect our fragile planet lives on through the work of our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William,” she said. “I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

In his maiden address to the nation and the Commonwealth as king, Charles pledged “to uphold the constitutional principles at the heart of our nation” and “in the utmost respect the precious traditions … and responsibilities of our … system of parliamentary government’.

Some of this, he admitted, would mean he would no longer be able to campaign on issues dear to him – believed to be environmental issues.

Before being elevated to kingship, Charles had a reputation for meddling in political affairs in support of these concerns, which many believe exceeded his prerogative to stay out of government affairs.

He is thought to be deeply concerned – privately – about the new governments’ climate policy intentions.

Last month, Truss appointed Conservative MP Chris Skidmore to lead a review of the government’s net-zero policy, suggesting she’s unhappy with it in its current form.

She also appointed Jacob Rees-Mogg, a noted climate skeptic, as company secretary.

The government is thought to be monitoring the controversial and politically sensitive form of energy extraction from fracking as a means of combating the energy crisis facing the country.

The government has also drawn up plans to relax planning laws, reduce regulations on oil and gas exploration, and ditch environmental regulations for water and chemical pollution.

However, the government has allayed fears that it could throw away the net-zero target for 2050.

Skidmore said he could rule out “100 percent” that his report would make that recommendation.