Prince Charles loses bid to keep letters private

Prince Charles loses bid to keep letters private

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Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales delivers his address during a reception and gala dinner at the end of the opening day of the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum in London on October 29, 2013. The Prince of Wales addressed visiting dignatories and guests at the gala dinner as London plays host to the first World Islamic Forum outside the Muslim world. AFP PHOTO / POOL / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 5:48 AM

LONDON (AP) -- The Guardian has won a court battle in its efforts to disclose letters by Prince Charles -- a decision the newspaper argues could shed light on whether he has used his position to influence politics.

 
The Court of Appeal ruling Wednesday came after Attorney General Dominic Grieve refused to let the public see Charles' correspondence with seven U.K. government departments. Grieve had argued the particularly frank letters reflect the personal views of Charles, who is first in line to the throne. The fear is Britons may not find Charles to be politically neutral -- as a king must be -- and the monarchy would be undermined.
 
The Guardian has campaigned for letters' release, arguing the government failed to show reasonable grounds for them to be blocked.
 
Grieve's office will appeal.

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