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King Charles will not attend Cop27 climate summit in Egypt

Reuters/Tom Nicholson
Charles, ahead of the state funeral of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, on September 19. He spoke at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow last year

Britain’s King Charles III will not attend the United Nations climate change summit in Egypt next month, a royal source said on Sunday, as the new monarch steps back from his previous high-profile campaigning.

Buckingham Palace sought government advice about the Cop27 summit and it was unanimously agreed that it would not be right for Charles to visit in person for what would be his first overseas trip as sovereign, the source said.

Charles became king in September following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth. There had been no confirmation that he would attend the climate summit before he took the throne.

In 2021, Charles spoke at the opening ceremony of Cop26 in Glasgow, which he described as a “last chance saloon” to save the world from climate change. He stood in for the queen, after she was advised not to attend the event by her doctors.

The Sunday Times reported that Charles had been told not to go to Egypt by Liz Truss, the UK’s new prime minister, dashing his plans to deliver a speech.

The newspaper quoted a Downing Street source as saying a recent meeting between Charles and Truss had been cordial and there had not been a row.

The new king campaigned for the environment and other issues while Prince of Wales, but he said last month that it would no longer be possible “to give so much of my time and energies to the charities and issues for which I care so deeply”.