An investigation from The Guardian has discovered that Prince Charles, the unelected, hereditary heir to the British throne, has been secretly offered a veto on government legislation 12 times in the last six years.The situation has apparently arisen through an unusual constitutional loophole that means the Prince must be consulted when legislation might affect his interests. It is not known if the Prince ever exercised this right and whether laws were changed with his input.
It appears to be another one of the strange quirks of the UK’s so-called “unwritten constitution” — a mish mash of laws rather than a single written document. While the Queen is required to give “Royal assent” to new laws, that act is a formality. However, Prince Charles’ veto is a separate power, and it is unclear at present how he uses it.
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