Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Charles: Why Architects Do Not Consult Me; Londoner's Diary

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Charles: Why Architects Do Not Consult Me; Londoner's Diary

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PRINCE Charles did not respond to the demand last week from his long-time adversary Lord Rogers for an inquiry into his intervention in the Chelsea Barracks redevelopment, which resulted in the Rogers scheme being withdrawn.

In fact, the Prince has been silent on this issue ever since his letter to the Qatari prime minister was leaked to the press in April. Calls to Clarence House were invariably given the "no comment" treatment, even when the boss was being accused of "unconstitutional and undemocratic" conduct.

But suggestions that the Prince is routinely consulted on major development projects in London has produced a strong reaction. Paddy Harverson, who is the Communications Secretary to the Prince of Wales, is extremely keen to correct any such impression and put the record straight.

"The Prince of Wales is not routinely contacted by property developers seeking his opinions or his approval on major projects in London, or elsewhere for that matter," he tells me urgently. …

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