Charles ‘unhappy with arms role’

Published: Tuesday 3rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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The Prince of Wales no longer wishes to be used to promote British arms in Gulf States, a new biography will claim.

The royal also told an aide he could not go through with his marriage to Diana on the eve of their nuptials, Catherine Mayer’s unauthorised biography of the future monarch will say.

Charles: Heart Of A King is published on Thursday and is serialised this week in The Times. It will claim the Prince “doesn’t like being used to market weaponry” ahead of a tour of the Middle East later this month.

Prince Charles has been a frequent visitor to the Arab world, and last month travelled to the Saudi capital Riyadh to pay his respects following the death of the nation’s King Abdullah.

A Clarence House spokesman said: “The Prince of Wales’ upcoming visit to the Middle East is not about sales of defence equipment and is not essentially commercial.

“The Prince of Wales undertakes official visits on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government.

“The five countries the Prince is visiting in the Middle East are important allies and key partners to the UK. This visit to the Middle East like others is to strengthen relationships and highlight stability in the region.

“The programme has been designed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, its Middle East posts and Clarence House to make the most of the Prince’s knowledge and expertise, and to highlight both HRH’s concerns and those of the UK Government about conflict in the region.”

Ms Mayer’s book also quotes a member of the Prince’s inner circle as saying that on the eve of the wedding in 1981 he “was desperate”.

According to reports in the Telegraph, he is said to have told his aide: “I can’t go through with it, I can’t do it.”

Published: Tuesday 3rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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