Prince Charles labels the deportation of illegal migrants to Rwanda 'appalling'

The future King is representing the Queen in Kigali at the Commonwealth Heads of Government this month

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Prince Charles is reported to have said in private that the Government's Rwanda plan - designed to curb the migrant crisis in the English Channel - is "appalling."

Migrants arriving on British shores illegally are to be deported to Rwanda, after Priti Patel and Rwandan lawmakers reached a deal earlier this year.

The Prince of Wales speaks to Home Secretary Priti Patel as they attend a reception to celebrate the British Asian Trust at the British Museum.
The Prince of Wales speaks to Home Secretary Priti Patel as they attend a reception to celebrate the British Asian Trust at the British Museum.

Yesterday a High Court judge refused to grant an injunction to prevent the first flight due for Rwanda taking off. It is expected that dozens of people will be sent to the country on a one-way journey on Tuesday.

The Prince of Wales (left) greets Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the unveiling of the UK Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Staffordshire.
The Prince of Wales (left) greets Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the unveiling of the UK Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Staffordshire.

The Prince of Wales is representing the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in the Rwandan capital Kigali, and is said to be especially uneasy about the plans to mitigate Channel crossings from France.

According to The Times, a source said: “He said he was more than disappointed at the policy.

“He said he thinks the government’s whole approach is appalling. It was clear he was not impressed with the government’s direction of travel.”

Clarence House failed to deny the future King's comments.

However it did make clear that he was not attempting to influence the Government.

"We would not comment on supposed anonymous private conversations with the Prince of Wales, except to restate that he remains politically neutral. Matters of policy are decisions for government", a spokesman said.