Thursday, December 1 2022

The autumn budget statement could see the royal family forced to cut spending as the UK government struggles to control recent economic turmoil. Royal commentators have suggested that regardless of the upcoming budget, the public is unlikely to see the king criticizing the government, as the monarch is expected to remain politically neutral. Speculation surrounding the royal purse cuts comes after palace sources reported the king intended to hold a cheaper coronation service in light of the cost of living crisis.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is due to announce the autumn budget on November 17, after delaying the budget statement which had been set for October 31.

Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer said: ‘I have thought about what would happen to some of the Royal Family’s favorite causes if government policy meant there was no money available for them. support in the same way they thought there was going to be. .”

Speaking to Royal RoundUp host Pandora Forsyth, he added: ‘It’s going to be interesting to watch, particularly the Chancellor’s autumn statement, as there may be an impact on some of these causes which [the Royal Family] Support.”

Despite possible cuts in the sovereign’s spending, the king is unlikely to undermine his position as head of state by openly criticizing the government’s economic policy.

Speaking about the King’s reception at COP27 at Buckingham Palace, Mr Palmer said: “[King Charles] was doing so after consulting the government, so it reflected British government policy in general.

“It raises interesting questions about the relationship between the Royal Family and the government of the day when policies change.

“If Liz Truss had stayed in power, if she had called off the British commitments, it would have put the king in a really difficult position.

“He couldn’t criticize the government publicly – he might have made a few remarks privately, but I don’t think we’ll hear him criticize the government again unless it’s an overheard conversation. by accident.”

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The King hosted more than 200 leading environmental figures at Buckingham Palace on Friday, ahead of the COP27 summit in Egypt this week.

There had been speculation that the King might attend the United Nations climate conference, although Palace sources confirmed, following discussions with then-Prime Minister Liz Truss, that the monarch would not attend the event.

The decision has been the subject of much controversy given that the King attended COP26 in Glasgow and has a long-standing reputation as a champion of environmental causes.

It has been suggested that the reception at Buckingham Palace allowed King Charles to remain somewhat involved in the COP27 event while ensuring government figures were at the center of the Sharm El Sheikh summit.

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