The Sunday Times The newspaper reported the decision came after Conservative Prime Minister Liz Truss objected to Charles attending the conference known as COP27 when she met with the king at Buckingham Palace last month.
While there was no official rebuttal, other British media outlets quoted unidentified Palace and Government sources as saying that Charles made his decision after consulting the Prime Minister and that any suggestion of disagreement was false.
Under the rules of the British constitutional monarchy, the king is prohibited from interfering in politics. By convention, all official foreign visits by members of the royal family are conducted in accordance with government recommendations and such a decision would have been the result of consultation and agreement.
Before becoming a Ling, when Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, there was speculation that Charles would travel to the summit in his role as the Prince of Wales.
Charles attended the previous COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland last year, but his attendance at this year’s conference has never been confirmed. COP27 will take place from 16-18 November in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
When he was Prince of Wales, Charles was accused of meddling in government affairs, including allegations that he improperly influenced government ministers.
But Charles is king now, and he has acknowledged that as monarch he will have less freedom to comment on public affairs than he did as heir to the throne. At the same time, his advisors would seek the right time and place for Charles’ first foreign trip as sovereign.
“Obviously my life will change as I take on my new responsibilities,” Charles said in a televised speech after his mother’s death.
“I will no longer be able to devote as much of my time and energy to the charities and causes that are so close to my heart. But I know that this important work will continue in the trusting hands of others.”