London, July 5 (ANI): Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has defended Prince Charles, whom he had once criticised for “screwing” his government, saying that he always found his interaction with the Prince of Wales “immensely helpful”.
In a letter to the Guardian, Blair admitted that he had criticised the prince in private after his former communications chief Alastair Campbell chronicled their differences in his diaries.
Blair, who had described the prince’s decision to boycott a banquet in honour of the former Chinese president in 1999 as “silly”, however insisted in his letter that he found their discussions “immensely helpful”.
“A prime minister may sound off from time to time, especially when sensitive discussions with members of the royal family leak into the papers, in the middle of some high-profile issue,” the paper quoted Blair, as saying in the letter.
“However, I want to make it clear that I always found my discussions and correspondence with Prince Charles immensely helpful. I thought he had a perfect right to raise questions and did so in a way that was both informative and insightful. So I welcomed his contributions, and have no doubt he will continue to raise issues with the new government as he is entitled and indeed it is his job to do, and that they will also find it helpful,” he added.
Campbell had earlier claimed in his diaries that Blair believed that the prince crossed the constitutional boundaries at times by publicly interfering in the government policies, in an attempt to ‘screw up the government’. (ANI)