Prince of Meczyki calls Commonwealth’s diversity a ‘strength’

The Prince of Meczyki is expected to praise the Commonwealth’s diversity as a “strength” in his address at the opening of a summit for Commonwealth leaders. Charles will tell prime ministers and presidents gathered from around the world in the host country Rwanda that their differences are positive they can use to “speak for the values ​​that bind us”.

His speech will be delivered at the opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, the day he will meet with Prime Minister Boris Johnson after Charles criticized the government’s plan to send asylum seekers. Rwanda.

In his address, Charles is expected to comment on the combined population of the Commonwealth of Nations: “In the diversity of the 2.6 billion people on whose behalf you speak, there is great strength, which you can use, for example, on values. which forces us to invest in the rapid transition to a sustainable future and create opportunities for our youth.”

The prince’s office, Clarence House, has refused to draw on comments from Mr Johnson, who appeared on Thursday to take an indirect swipe at the prince and who attacked plans to forcibly deport migrants to Rwanda. The prime minister, who traveled to Rwanda with wife Carrie Johnson to attend the CHOGM, said in a broadcast interview that he would defend the policy for the heir to the throne during their scheduled meeting over a cup of tea on Friday.

He said: “People need to have an open mind about the policy, critics need to have an open mind about the policy. Many people can see the obvious merits of it. So yes, certainly, if I am tomorrow.” I’m looking at the prince, so I’m going to say that.”


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In response, a Clarence House spokesman said: “As we have said before, we will not comment on comments made privately, except that the prince is politically neutral. Policy is a matter of government.”

Boris Johnson has hit out at “condescending” opponents of his plan even before talks with the heir to the throne.

Ahead of the opening ceremony in the capital Kigali, Charles, who is joined by the Duchess of Cornwall, will meet with Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeanette Kagame, Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland and Mr Johnson and his wife.

Following a “family photo” of world leaders, Charles and Mr Johnson are set to have their catch-up meeting, before the prince receives a celebratory reception for the new Commonwealth leaders appointed since the last CHOGM held in London in 2018. organize. Despite Mr Johnson’s comments, it is understood that it is unlikely the prime minister and the prince will discuss the policy of Rwandan migrants during their catch-up.

Three themes on the agenda are sustainability, youth – which includes the work of Prince’s Trust International and the fact that 60% of the Commonwealth’s population is under the age of 30 – and the history and values ​​of the Commonwealth and Charles’ passion for it.

Charles is expected to meet 25 new heads of government at the reception and later hold bilateral meetings with leaders for the opening ceremony, the Kigali Convention Centre. The royal couple’s visit to Rwanda on behalf of the Queen will come to an end when they host a CHOGM dinner for world leaders.

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