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Blair backs Charles over his political opinions

Britain's Prince Charles found an ally in Prime Minister Tony Blair Thursday, despite claims the heir to the throne saw himself as a "dissident".

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 02:49 IST

Britain's Prince Charles found an ally in Prime Minister Tony Blair Thursday, despite claims the heir to the throne saw himself as a "dissident" intent on speaking out on controversial political issues.

"I think that Prince Charles does an amazing job for the country," said Blair, following revelations from the future king's former top aide in rare legal action brought by a British royal.

"If you look at the Prince's Trust, it's probably one of the most successful voluntary sector organisations in the world, never mind in this country, and I think he's perfectly entitled to express his views and personally, I find no problem with it at all."

Britain's newspapers have been full of claims resulting out of the court action, in which he accusing the mass-market Mail on Sunday newspaper of breach of confidentiality and copyright.

The newspaper published extracts from the prince's diaries last year, including unflattering descriptions of China's leaders and criticisms of the Bejing regime written during Britain's 1997 handover of its Hong Kong colony.

Former assistant and deputy private secretary Mark Bolland said in his witness statement for the newspaper that the prince's view of himself as an outspoken opinion former and political agitator caused problems for his staff.

But Blair said he was unperturbed by the prince's apparently regular letters on issues of the day, breaking the unwritten rule that Britain's royals do not dabble in politics.

First Published: Feb 24, 2006 02:49 IST