Prince Charles facing political ‘meddling’ claims

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 12, 2013 file photo Britain's Prince Charles, speaks to Jordan's Muslim and Christian clerics during his visit to the King Hussein Mosque in Amman, Jordan. (AP Photo/ Ali Jarekji, Pool)

LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles has had 36 private meetings with British Cabinet ministers in the last three years, and the large number has spurred accusations that the heir to the throne is meddling in politics.

The Daily Mail newspaper compiled a list of the meetings from public records. They include seven with Prime Minister David Cameron since the May 2010 election.

The heir to the throne is expected to be politically neutral, but 64-year-old Charles has expressed strong opinions on issues including education, architecture, religion, the environment, organic food and homeopathy.

In an editorial, the usually pro-royal Daily Mail accused Charles of a “campaign of meddling.”

Charles’ Clarence House office said Monday that the prince had a duty “to bring his unique perspective” and experience into meetings with officials.

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