Prince Charles: COP26 leaders will be 'disappointed' says pundit
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Prince Charles was originally scheduled to attend the summit alongside the Queen, but after an announcement that she will not be attending, he is now the most senior royal appearing at COP26. Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday Her Majesty “regretfully” decided not to attend a reception at the summit. But the palace said she would deliver her address to delegates using a recorded video message instead.
Prince Charles has been a long-term campaigner for environmental issues, appearing to follow in his late father’s footsteps, Prince Philip.
Jeremy Vine panelists discussed the COP26 news on the show.
Presenter and writer Matt Stadlen said: “The Queen is just the most incredible public servant, whatever people think of the monarchy, whether they’re monarchists or republicans, I think everyone has a soft spot for Her Majesty.
“Everytime you see her out and about, particularly in a pandemic, I’m just full of admiration for a 95-year-old who is able to be as busy as she is.
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“This is going to be a big blow of course for the organisers of COP26. She was going to be the figurehead of that.”
He continued: “It is thought that she would encourage other world leaders to commit to making sure that we live on a sustainable planet.
“She was there at the G7 in Cornwall in the summer, so she’s our trump card in a way.
“That’s really poor timing from that point of view, the most important thing is that she gets better and that her health returns.”
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Royal commentator Carole Malone added: “She’s the biggest advert for this country, it’ll be interesting that if it’s Prince Charles that’ll go there instead.”
“He’s probably more informed about climate change than the rest of the Royal Family and has been an ardent fan of campaigning for climate change.”
“It’s the Queen isn’t it, if you’re going anywhere, you want to meet the Queen.”
“Charles will be a massive disappointment, which when you think about it, is bad news considering he is going to ascend the throne when the Queen no longer wants to do it or can do it.”
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“Whenever I hear Charles is going somewhere I feel a bit disappointed.”
Prince Charles will be attending the Glasgow summit alongside his wife, Camilla, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
World leaders are gathering from across the globe, including Boris Johnson and Joe Biden.
The Queen has been advised to rest at Windsor Palace.
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