Prince Charles criticised for co-authoring book on climate change

  If you’re a royal watcher, then you know that Prince Charles isn’t afraid to be outspoken on the big


If you’re a royal watcher, then you know that Prince Charles isn’t afraid to be outspoken on the big issues affecting the world we live in.

But his latest move has outraged some of his critics, who have accused him of risking being “too partisan” on the issue of global warming.

The second-in-line to the throne has co-authored a Ladybird book about climate change.

According to the Daily Mail, the book claims there is “overwhelming scientific evidence that largely man-made global warming causes catastrophic events” and uses the recent floods in Britain as an example.

Ladybird books describes the book as offering a “bite-sized understanding”of a “challenging subject’”.

Prince Charles wrote an introduction for the book, and co-authored it with two prominent environmentalists.

In the past Prince Charles has spoken out about climate change, describing it as “an act of suicide on a grand scale to… flout nature’s necessary limits as blatantly as we do”.

But critics claim he’s merely “reflecting the view” of organisations such as the BBC.

“Prince Charles is sadly reflecting the view fostered by organisations like the BBC and others that anyone who exercises their critical faculties on global warming is beyond the pale,” former Government Minister Peter Lilley was quoted in the Daily Mail.

While the climate change sceptics have been quick to jump on Prince Charles, others have praised him for contributing to the debate.

“Climate change is a very complex and difficult subject, and it’s brilliant the way he has distilled the arguments into this book. I commend him for writing it.” MP Sir Nicholas Soames was quoted in the Daily Mail.

So, what do you think?

Is it acceptable for a member of the royal family to be outspoken on an issue? Or are people right to criticise Prince Charles for this?

  1. Brian Lee  

    Why shouldn’t he – he’s just a bloke like the rest of us, and I’m sure he has just as many ideas and suggestions as the rest of us.

  2. Ann Day  

    He has always been passed off as a greenie nutter but if people actually took the time to find out how he thinks and what he has to say, they would change their mind. On many fronts, he is way ahead of his time. He was talking about the dangers of human pollution many years ago but people did not want to listen. He was one of the first to make a totally organic farm that recycled every thing and wasted nothing. I would like to read the book as I have always found that he makes sense.

  3. Peter Coxell  

    Good for him, why should he be singled out for his views just because he is a royal. Global warming and climate change are a fact, not some sort of whim. There is no doubt that there is climate change all over the world and it is down to us as humans to deal with it. After all, it was us that created it in the first place. Prince Charles is in complete contrast to that idiot clown who becomes president of the USA on Friday who has stated it is his intention to bring America out of the agreement on climate change that so many nations have worked hard at in the past few years. So, America will be joining China & India in spewing out tons of toxic fumes into the atmosphere and endangering the health of not only USA citizens but the whole world. If Prince Charles remarks are taken seriously by many people perhaps it will help in stopping our destruction of the planet. Well done Charles, God Bless you.

  4. Lyn Dyke  

    It is great to see that he’s not intimidated by people trying to deny climate change. Do you remember when he spoke out against terrible architecture? Good on him, we need more of this, people of influence and character ready to speak up.

  5. Diana  

    Prince Charles is probably the most highly educated and intelligent future king our Commonwealth has ever had.

    When he was a young man and warning people of the dangers of pollution and toxic waste, the media made him out to be a looney who was away with the fairies. His gardening skills were the subject of cartoons and he was villified for “talking to plants.” I don’t know of a “green fingers” who doesn’t talk to their plants! He was composting when the main polluters were screaming about “greenies.” Let’s also mention Poundbury, the eco-village, as far as I know the only one of its kind in Britain.

    His views have been vindicated over and over and I have a great deal of admiration for him. I would love to read the book.

  6. Leonie Hamilton  

    So, if he co-authored a book on the history of the Tudors or some historical thing, he’d be ok. But choose something he’s passionate about: the environment, which is threatened by climate change, and people get all squiffy about it. He’s a fellow inhabitant of the planet earth. He is part of the generation destroying that very same planet earth and all who live on her. Why shouldn’t he be able to express an opinion, to write about something he’s passionate about? Good on you Charlie! Keep it up.

  7. Rob Ozanne  

    Second in line for the throne ? He is the heir to the throne ! Dammit I wish these journalists would get their facts straight !

  8. Allan Partridge  

    Very happy to see a royal with an opinion on the future, lots of influence there to be used for the good, go Charlie!

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