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Boris Johnson ‘squared up to’ King Charles for criticising Government plans

Boris Johnson and King Charles III had a right Royal bust-up over Government plans to deport Channel migrants to Rwanda, a former aide of the ex-PM has claimed.

Former No10 director of communications Guto Harri has claimed the former Prime Minister "squared up" to the then-king-to-be for criticising the policy. Relations "never fully recovered" between the pair.

He said Boris went to war at a Commonwealth summit in Rwanda last June after it was reported then-Prince of Wales Charles had privately described the Government’s asylum plan as "appalling".

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In a podcast, Guto said the former PM "went in quite hard" on the Royal and warned him not to interfere in politics.

At the time No10 denied there had been a row with Boris saying the two men had had a "good old chinwag".

But ex-BBC journalist Guto claimed the 15-minute meeting at the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit was "less amicable" than it was painted at the time.

"Boris briefed that the two had "a good old chinwag" and had "covered a lot of ground',’’ he said.

"What had actually happened, however, was less amicable.

"'I went in quite hard’, he told me at the time, essentially squaring up to the Prince and confronting him about what he – as unelected royalty – had said about the actions of a democratically-elected government.

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"Prince Charles was busted."

The former aide said Boris went on to criticise Charles’ planned speech calling for a "deeper understanding of slavery’s enduring impact".

Guto said: "The PM was appalled. And he warned the Prince in plain English: 'I wouldn’t talk about slavery or you’ll end up being forced to sell the Duchy of Cornwall to pay reparations to those whose ancestors built it'."

The aide said the two men had struggled to get on for years with the Prince of Wales never forgiving Boris for being late for a meeting when he was London mayor.

He said the "tense relationship took a dramatic turn for the worse" with the Rwanda row.

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"Relations never fully recovered and Charles will be relieved that Boris had left No 10 before he ascended to the throne," he added.

Boris had not commented on his former aide’s revelations. But a source close to him said: "This account is simply inaccurate and does not reflect the conversation that took place.

"Boris Johnson has had nothing to do with this podcast, had no knowledge of it and deplores any attempt to report such conversations in public."

Pals said Boris "deeply disapproved" of the leaking of conversations with the heir to the throne.

But Guto said he believed the public had a right to know about the clash.


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