Attorney General vetoes release of Prince of Wales correspondence – Attorney General’s Office

“The Attorney General today issued a certificate under the Freedom of Information Act, both as it applies for the purposes of the Act and as it applies to the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, vetoing the disclosure of correspondence between HRH the Prince of Wales and ministers in seven government departments.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 16th October 2012

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Prince Harry photos: Palace drops complaint – BBC News

Posted September 28th, 2012 in complaints, media, news, privacy, royal family by tracey

“Prince Harry will not pursue a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) over the publication of photographs of him naked in Las Vegas, St James’s Palace has said.”

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BBC News, 28th September 2012

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Did the Queen breach a convention by lobbying over Abu Hamza? – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2012 in extradition, lobbying, media, news, royal family by sally

“The BBC has apologised for breaking the convention that private conversations with the Queen are kept off the record, but did the monarch break a convention herself? The news that the Queen had lobbied then-home secretary over Abu Hamza al-Masri was described by James Naughtie as ‘a corker’ but led us to wonder whether her intervention raised any constitutional issues.”

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The Guardian, 25th September 2012

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HRH the Prince of Wales: advocacy of an ordinary man – Panopticon

“The Upper Tribunal’s judgment in Evans v IC and Others (Seven Government Departments) [2012] UKUT 313 (AAC) (Mr Justice Walker, Professor John Angel and Suzanne Cosgrave), handed down yesterday, has received extensive media coverage – unsurprisingly so, given the subject matter (Prince Charles’ correspondence with government departments) and the requester (Rob Evans of the Guardian). The judgment is stupendously long (65 pages, plus 3 open annexes). Here are the salient points.”

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Panopticon, 19th September 2012

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Prince Charles’s letters to ministers should be disclosed, judges rule – The Guardian

Posted September 18th, 2012 in disclosure, freedom of information, news, royal family, tribunals by sally

“The government has for the first time been ordered to disclose copies of confidential letters that Prince Charles wrote to ministers.”

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The Guardian, 18th September 2012

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Watchdog rejects Prince Harry photo inquiry – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 7th, 2012 in media, news, privacy, royal family by tracey

“The press watchdog announced that it would not be ‘appropriate’ to investigate The Sun’s publication of photographs of a naked Prince Harry because it could breach his privacy.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th September 2012

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Royal powers of veto over laws to be made public – The Independent

Posted September 3rd, 2012 in disclosure, freedom of information, news, parliament, royal family, veto by tracey

“Details of secret powers held by senior members of the Royal Family granting veto over Government legislation could me made public after a decision by the Information Commissioner.”

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The Independent, 1st September 2012

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Newspapers and the law – this is not about Prince Harry’s bum – Legal Week

Posted August 24th, 2012 in freedom of expression, media, news, privacy, public interest, royal family by sally

“So there you have it. We spend a whole year discussing press ethics and then, for the sake of a peek at Prince Harry’s bum, half the world seems ready to say that the editor of The Sun can make up his own ethics.”

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Legal Week, 24th August 2012

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How the Prince Harry affair saw red-tops deal with a new regime – The Independent

Posted August 24th, 2012 in freedom of expression, media, news, privacy, public interest, royal family by sally

“Where editors would once have cried ‘publish and be damned’, this time they bowed to warnings.”

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The Independent, 24th August 2012

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Protesters lose royal wedding High Court case – The Independent

” Royal wedding protesters have lost their High Court claim that they were the victims of unlawful searches and arrests.”

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The Independent, 18th July 2012

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Activists arrested before royal wedding to challenge police in high court – The Guardian

Posted May 28th, 2012 in demonstrations, human rights, judicial review, news, police, royal family by sally

“Activists who were rounded up before last year’s royal wedding are challenging the Metropolitan police in the high court on Monday in a case that could have implications for the way the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations and the Olympics are policed.”

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The Guardian, 27th May 2012

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Prince Charles to challenge ruling set to lift secrecy about his estate – The Guardian

“Prince Charles is to challenge a judicial ruling that threatens to expose the environmental impact of the private estate that provides his £17m-a-year income.”

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The Guardian, 28th November 2011

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Landmark ruling lifts ‘veil of secrecy’ from Prince of Wales’s Duchy of Cornwall estate – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 4th, 2011 in environmental protection, freedom of information, news, royal family by tracey

“The 700-year-old ‘veil of secrecy’ covering the workings of the Prince of Wales’s Duchy of Cornwall estate will be partially lifted after a landmark legal ruling that could open up the Royal family to far greater public scrutiny.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 2011

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Reveal Prince Charles’s input on planning law, government urged – The Guardian

“The government is facing growing pressure to reveal how the Prince of Wales has used his power of consent over draft legislation after it emerged ministers asked him to approve planning and construction laws because they might directly affect the private £700m property empire that provides his annual income.”

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The Guardian, 31st October 2011

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Prince Charles consent law to remain – Downing Street – BBC News

Posted October 31st, 2011 in bills, news, royal family, veto by sally

“David Cameron has no plans to change laws which require the government to seek Prince Charles’s permission to pass legislation which could affect his private interests, Downing Street says.”

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BBC News, 31st October 2011

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Royal women to get equal rights – The Independent

Posted October 28th, 2011 in equality, news, royal family, succession, women by tracey

“Female members of the Royal Family are to be given equality with men in the rules of succession to the throne, under historic constitutional changes agreed unanimously today by the 16 nations of which Queen Elizabeth II is monarch.”

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The Independent, 28th October 2011

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David Cameron declares an end to ‘outdated’ laws on succession – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 28th, 2011 in news, royal family, succession by tracey

“Heralding an end to more than 300 years of English constitutional tradition, the Prime Minister will urge Commonwealth leaders to end laws that pass the Crown to the oldest male heir. Under the current rules of primogeniture, any male child takes precedence in the order of succession over his sisters. That would mean that any son born to Prince William would become King even if he had an older sister.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th October 2011

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Ministers bar hereditary peerages from passing to women – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 21st, 2011 in news, peerages & dignities, royal family, sex discrimination, succession by tracey

“Ministers have ruled out a change in the law that would have allowed hereditary peerages to pass to women.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th October 2011

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Sovereign Grant Act 2011 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted October 19th, 2011 in legislation, royal family by sally

Sovereign Grant Act 2011 published

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David Cameron proposes changes to royal succession – BBC News

Posted October 13th, 2011 in constitutional reform, news, royal family, succession by tracey

“Changes to the rules on succession have moved closer after David Cameron shared his plans with the 15 other countries who have the Queen as their monarch.”

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BBC News, 12th October 2011

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