Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was quoted as accusing the Prince of Wales of "screwing" his government, has shown a staunch defence of the Prince, as he was increasingly under attack by the global media.
Blair admitted that he had expressed critical remarks about Prince Charles in private, but he added that his discussions with the prince were "immensely helpful.”
In a move to rehabilitate the prince who has been the target of the world media in the past two weeks for his wrong policies, the Labour leader, who had formerly expressed his anger for not being invited to the royal wedding, defended the Prince.
"A prime minister may sound off from time to time, especially when sensitive discussions with members of the royal family leak into the papers, in the middle of some high-profile issue.
"However, I want to make it clear that I always found my discussions and correspondence with Prince Charles immensely helpful. I thought he had a perfect right to raise questions and did so in a way that was both informative and insightful,” he said.
Welcoming the Prince's contributions, Blair added: “I have no doubt he will continue to raise issues with the new government as he is entitled and indeed it is his job to do, and that they will also find it helpful."
In the extracts of his diaries, Alastair Campbell former No 10 communications director revealed that Blair has blamed Prince of Wales for too much meddling in the government policies, believing Prince Charles has sometimes overstepped the legal boundaries, historically respected by the members of the royal family.
He also wrote that Blair was exasperated about the Prince's "deeply unhelpful interventions”, and his rising concerns forced him to talk to the Queen, since the heir to the throne had even demonstrated signs of condemning the government.