- It comes a year after Downing Street blocked Charles from attending COP27
The King will travel to the Middle East next month to hold the first major climate change speech of his reign.
At the time, Palace officials attempted to play down any suggestion of a rift with the then prime minister. Liz Trusswho felt that it was “not the right opportunity” for Carlos to attend so soon after his promotion.
The sovereign offered a reception in Buckingham palace to lead the field, but it was well known that he was disappointed by the decision.
He would be expected to address other world leaders while there.
The plans are not set in stone, the Mail understands, not least because of the volatility in the Middle East, but it is certainly “intended” for King to leave.
As Prince of Wales, Charles was a vocal advocate for the environment and was praised for his stance on issues such as organic farming, plastics, biodiversity loss and climate change, half a century before they became commonplace.
His most recent initiative before joining was to establish a Sustainable Markets Initiative to strengthen links between private industry and government, which he believes is crucial to solving the climate crisis.
Charles attending Dubai alongside world leaders will be a clear sign that he wants to use his position to continue highlighting environmental issues.
As Prince of Wales, Charles gave the opening speech at Cop21 in Paris in 2015, calling for a “vast military-style campaign” to fight climate change and urging world leaders to commit “trillions, not billions, of dollars”. He played a vital role in convening and encouraging world leaders to sign the historic Paris Climate Agreement at the event.
Charles also gave a speech in his own country at the opening ceremony of Cop26 in Glasgow, calling on world leaders to adopt a “warlike stance” to address the issue.
In a video speech at the same conference in 2021, the late Queen praised Charles’s work.