The government’s plan to send illegal migrants to Rwanda for asylum processing has been described as “appalling” by Prince Charles, the heir to the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son, is alleged to have quietly conveyed his displeasure with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s attempts to combat illegal immigration, which continues to see record numbers crossing the English Channel in perilous small boats from France.
Despite being constrained by royal norms on political neutrality, Charles was reportedly irritated by the proposal to deport illegal immigrants to African asylum centres, fearing that it would overshadow his participation at a gathering of British Commonwealth states in Kigali, Rwanda.
A source close to the prince said he’d overheard Charles express his displeasure with the government’s policies on multiple times.
“He said he was more than disappointed at the policy,” the source said. “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.”
The heir to the throne’s private office at Clarence House did not dispute that he disagreed with the government’s policies, but insisted that he had not tried to sway parliamentarians with his power.
“We would not comment on supposed anonymous private conversations with the Prince of Wales, except to restate that he remains politically neutral. Matters of policy are decisions for government,” a spokesman said.
While Charles’ remarks on Rwanda’s policy were made in private, he has a long history of publicising his views, most notably on climate change and the green agenda. For example, during the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow last year, the Prince of Wales advocated for a “massive military-style effort” to address the alleged climate crisis.
The news of Charles’ apparent objection to the deportation plan comes after public condemnations of the “racist” idea to send illegals to Rwanda from companies like Ben & Jerry’s and actress Emma Thompson.
Despite the opposition of woke celebrities and the best efforts of so-called charities, unions, and activist attorneys, the Home Office recently cleared a legal hurdle, with the High Court declaring on Friday that the first deportation flight, scheduled for Tuesday, should be allowed to take off.
Since the beginning of this year, nearly 10,000 illegals have crossed the English Channel in small boats from the French coast, more than twice the number observed this time last year.