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AVAILABLE EXPERT: Prince Charles's 'black spider memos' released

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Queen’s University British constitution expert Grégoire Webber is available for comment on Prince Charles’s’ "black spider memos" being published.

The 27 memos from 2004-5 show the political outreach of Prince Charles to British government ministers.

"Under the British constitution, the Queen is said to have the right to counsel, encourage, and warn her government. But what of the first in line to the throne?” says Dr. Webber. "Prince Charles' 'black spider memos' reveal that he exercised these same rights. It will be interesting to follow the public’s reaction to see what, if anything, these memos suggest about his suitability for the throne.”

Dr. Webber is a Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law and has conducted extensive research on British politics, with a special focus on the United Kingdom's Parliament and the United Kingdom’s constitution. He has also lived in the United Kingom for eight years, with five of them spent as a professor at the London School of Economics.

Please note that Dr. Webber is based in Ottawa and is available until 5 pm.

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