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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, KG KT GCB OM AK QSO CD SOM GCL PC AdC(P) FRS (Charles Philip Arthur George; born 14 November 1948) is the heir apparent and eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II. Charles is also the Duke of Cornwall.[1] In Scotland he is known as the Duke of Rothesay. The Prince is a patron of more than 400 organisations.[2]

The campaign group Republic have suggested that charities connected to Prince Charles have been given ‘unrivalled’ access to ministers.[3]

Support for Countryside Alliance

In October 2009, Charles took his son William fox hunting on the first day of the hunting season at a time when legislation to ban hunting was set to be announced in the Queen's speech.[4]

Charles had previously lent his house for a cocktail party to an organisation in 1995 that later became the Countryside Alliance(CA). But the CA's chief executive Richard Burge in 1999 denied there were any formal ties between Charles and the group. "I understand that he took a decision in early 1997 that because the issue was becoming contentious he would remove himself from it and that seems to be a very wise decision indeed." [5][6]

Support for alternative medicine

The Prince personally wrote at least seven letters[7] to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) shortly before they introduced regulations in 2006 allowing "homoeopathic treatment" to "claim efficacy measured by their own methods", a decision that was condemned in an article by Times science correspondent Mark Henderson and Nigel Hawkes. The article quoted as its main sources Tracey Brown, director of big pharma-funded lobby group Sense About Science, Evan Harris, the Liberal Democrat science spokesperson, and Michael Baum, a cancer surgeon.[8]

In 2009, Prince Charles called for herbalists and acupuncturists to be formally regulated. [9] The Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health charity argued that without a statutory reguation scheme for herbalists: "many herbalists will no longer be able to offer remedies to their clients and patients will instead turn to the black market."[10]

In May 2009, the Advertising Standards Authority ruled that an advert for a herbal remedy commissioned by Duchy Originals (a company owned by Prince Charles) was misleading.[11]

In February 2013, the Guardian reported that the Foundation for Integrated Medicine persuaded officials to neuter advice about homeopathy on the NHS Choices patient website.[12]

Opposition to cuts in regional development funding

Prince Charles is the president of the Business in the Community which urged Business Secretary Vince Cable to rethink the decision to scrap the Northwest Regional Development Agency, which provided financial support to some of the charity's projects.

The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment

The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment called on Grant Shapps (Minister for Local Government) to incorporate greater community engagement in the national planning policy framework.[3]

External Resources


  1. HRH “The Prince of Wales”.  Royal Household.
  2. "Patronages", (accessed 27 March 2011)
  3. 3.0 3.1 The pestering prince: Charles 'is using his charities to lobby ministers' to change Government policy.  Daily Mail.
  4. UK Prince Charles takes sons hunting, BBC, 30 October 1999 (accessed: 29 March 2011)
  5. "Who funds the Countryside Alliance?", CorporateWatch (accessed 8 March 2011)
  6. Prince's 'secret foxhunting link' denied, BBC, 26 Setember 1999, (accessed 29 March 2011)
  7. HRH “meddling in politics”.  DC's Improbable Science.
  8. Nigel Hawkes and Mark Henderson, Doctors attack natural remedy claims, The Times, 1 Sept 2006
  9. Fiona Macrae, "Prince Charles calls for herbal medicine to be formally regulated" Daily Mail, 1 December 2009 (accessed: 8 March 2011)
  10. Prince Charles: 'Herbal medicine must be regulated'.  BBC. (accessed 8 March 2011)
  11. Prince firm's advert 'misleading'.  BBC. (accessed 8 March 2011)
  12. Prince's charity lobbied government to water down homeopathy criticism.  Guardian.