A veto used by Attorney General Dominic Grieve to block the release of letters written by Prince Charles to the Government has been ruled unlawful by the Court of Appeal.
The letters dubbed the ‘black spider memos’ due to the Prince’s spidery handwriting were written to various ministers in the last Labour government. The letters are thought to express the intimate views and beliefs of the Prince.
Over the last nine years, the Guardian newspaper has sought to obtain the letters under Freedom of Information legislation. However, in principle the monarchy should remain politically neutral. Therefore, the Government had argued that their release may undermine the Prince’s ability to fulfil his future duties as King.
Nevertheless, the Prince won’t be issuing Wales of distress just yet. The Government has been given permission to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.