Charles Warned: You're Making Deadly Enemies

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THE Prince of Wales was warned last night he is courting disaster by getting involved in politics.

As he came under renewed attack for bombarding ministers with letters of complaint, he found strong support for his stand from countryside leaders in Wales.

But Harold Brooks-Baker, publishing director of aristocratic handbook Burke's Peerage, said Charles's controversial political interventions were making him dangerous enemies at Westminster.

Politicians who took exception to Charles's forthright stances on issues of the day, he warned, could move against him succeeding to the throne.

And, as if to prove the point, abolitionist Labour MPs yesterday joined in a chorus of condemnation of the Prince's actions, despite a spirited defence by St James's Palace.

``The Prince of Wales is in a very vulnerable position,'' warned Mr Brooks-Baker. ``I, like many other people happen to agree with the things that he says, but what we think does not matter.

``If he continues to push too hard he will come unstuck. The politicians will eventually say he is not suitable for the throne.''

Mr Brooks-Baker drew a parallel between Charles and his great-uncle, Edward VIII, who, he said, had also fallen foul of MPs.

``Edward VIII made comments about the poverty of Welsh miners that most people agreed with, but it angered politicians and it was that more than his problems with Mrs Simpson that brought about his abdication.

``The point is that the heir to the throne and the monarch should be able to make these sorts of comments but in doing so they leave themselves open to severe criticism from politicians.

``I hope Prince Charles can get away with it, but it is dangerous.''

Details of the Prince's private correspondence to senior political fig-ures were leaked to the press through an unnamed Whitehall source.

The Prince is said to have written to several members of the Government, including the Prime Minister, with complaints ranging from the situation in the countryside to his loathing of political correctness.

St James's Palace joined the fray yesterday by defending his behaviour as ``part of his role'' as heir to the throne. A spokeswoman said, ``It'spart of the Royal Family's role to highlight excellence, express commiseration and draw attention to issues on behalf of us all.

``The Prince of Wales takes an active interest in all aspects of British life and believes that as well as celebrating success, part of his role must be to highlight problems and represent views in danger of not being heard. …