Prince Charles may have a lot of admirers, but Tony Blair is definitely not one of them. That's according to the most recently released section of diaries by former Number 10 communications director Alastair Campbell.
He documented the relationship between then Prime Minister Tony Blair and the heir to the British throne Prince Charles, noting that the Prince continually tried to meddle in political affairs. Tony Blair seethingly accused Charles of "trying to screw us" on one occasion, and the interference became so bad that Blair was forced to mention it to the Queen.
So what were the issues so dear to Prince Charles' heart that he refused to let Tony Blair do his job? The first was on the issue of Britain's horrible outbreak of foot and mouth disease. Alastair Campbell writes that Charles took issue with the government's response to that crisis, and that Blair believed Charles was trying to screw the Labour Party by painting them as being against the interests of Britain's farmers.
Charles also wrote what Blair and Campbell interpreted as a menacing letter to the Prime Minister to express his objection to Labour's abolishment of hereditary peers, who served in Parliament by virtue of their titles and not by election on their merits. Prince Charles wrote "We don't really want to be like the continentals, now do we?"
Alastair Campbell's diaries show what is constantly feared: that the royal family will try to interfere in the political affairs of the nation. Naturally as citizens they are entitled to express political opinions on any matter they choose, but when the Prince attempts to use his position to bully Tony Blair (or any member of government) then he has overstepped himself.