Senior Royals offered veto over 39 policies that had impact on their power
Queen blocked Iraq War law giving ministers sole power to authorise bombs
Palace: ‘Decisions based on advice from ministers and civil servants’
Critics: ‘Queen and Prince Charles have too much power over Parliament’
The Queen and Prince Charles have been given at least 39 chances to veto legislation before it became law, it was revealed today. Secret papers show the most senior Royals have had numerous opportunities to torpedo bills that could change their powers, including a law that would have given parliament sole authority to sanction strikes on Iraq during the 1999 war. The extent of the influence the Queen and Prince Charles have over legislation has been laid bare because Downing Street lost a legal battle to keep details secret.
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