King Charles will not attend the climate summit in Egypt next month

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's King Charles will not attend the climate summit in Egypt next month, a palace source said, as the new king abandons his previous high-profile campaigning roles for important causes.

The source explained that Buckingham Palace asked the government for advice on the UN climate summit (COP27) and it was unanimously agreed that it would not be right for Charles to personally attend the summit on what would be his first foreign trip as king.

The source added that there was no confirmation that Charles would attend the meeting before he became king last month after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth.

Charles spoke at the opening ceremony of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in 2021, which he described as the "last chance" to save the world from climate change, after the Queen did not participate on the advice of doctors.

The Sunday Times reported that the new British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, had asked Charles not to go to Egypt, frustrating his plans to address the conference.

The newspaper quoted a Downing Street source as saying that the last meeting between Charles and Trace was amicable and there was no disagreement.

The new king campaigned for the environment and other causes when he was crown prince, but said last month it was no longer possible to "give too much of my time and energy to charities and the causes I care deeply about."

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