Queen ‘right’ to be ‘irritated’ by lack of climate change action – ex-US vice president

Queen hits out at world leaders

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Mr Gore’s comments come after the monarch, 95, was overheard expressing her frustration just weeks before world leaders gather in Glasgow for the Cop26 UN climate change conference. Speaking to Sky News, the environmentalist said he sympathised with the Queen for having her private conversation publicised.

But he said “yes, of course she’s right” to be “irritated”.

Mr Gore’s remarks come after the Queen expressed her exasperation in an unguarded moment which was filmed during a reception following the opening of the Welsh Senedd last Thursday.

The monarch was chatting with the Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones, the Welsh Parliament’s Presiding Officer.

In the footage, the Queen appears to say: “Extraordinary isn’t it… I’ve been hearing all about Cop… still don’t know who is coming… no idea.”

She adds: “We only know about people who are not coming… and it’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.”

Royal experts insisted the Queen’s comments reflect the views on many people.

Royal author Ms Junor said: “I think what she’s said is really not controversial at all, it’s what most people are thinking.

“Charles has been banging his head against a brick wall on this for years, William is out there banging his head and I think it’s absolutely fair enough that she should say what she feels.”

Royal historian Hugo Vickers added that the Queen was not “venting frustration” but purely making a point.

He said: “The Queen doesn’t intervene on these things, she usually makes straight forward, and if you think about it, common sense remarks.

“I don’t consider it to be a deeply controversial thing and it’s not an intervention.

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“After nearly 70 years on the throne she’s not going to suddenly break a tradition of a lifetime, which is to always be above politics.

“It’s a fair point to say she likes people to get on with things, something I think would have been much supported by Prince Philip as well.”

Prince William and Prince Charles gave interviews last week highlighting the need for action to save the planet.

The Duke of Cambridge, whose Earthshot Prize awards ceremony took place last night, told the BBC: “We can’t have more clever speak, clever words but not enough action.”

And when it was suggested world leaders would discuss at Cop26 the issues he has been raising for years, the Prince of Wales said in a separate interview with the corporation: “They just talk, the problem is to get action on the ground which is what I’ve been trying to do for the last 40 years.”

Royals including the Queen, Charles, Camilla, William and Kate will attend Cop26 in a few weeks.

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