Lara Prendergast

Seven things we learnt about Prince Charles from his ‘black spider’ letters

Seven things we learnt about Prince Charles from his 'black spider' letters
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Prince Charles's 'black spider' letters have just been released. Here are seven things we learnt about the future monarch from the correspondence:

1) He wants consumers to buy British (from a letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair from 2004):

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2) He is worried about defence spending (from a letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair from 2004):

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3) He is interested in protecting architectural heritage (from a response to a letter from 2004 inviting the Secretary of State for Culture to a conference):

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4) He is concerned about the 'poor old' albatross and the Patagonian Toothfish (from a letter to the Minister for the Environment from 2004):

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5) He wants to cull badgers and thinks the 'badger lobby' is 'intellectually dishonest' (from a letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair from 2005):

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6) He's concerned about the diet of schoolchildren (from a response to a letter to the Secretary of State for Education from 2004):

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7) He has a suggestion about who should be hired for a government job (from a letter to Tony Blair from 2005):

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