Prince Charles’s threat to quit National Trust in design dispute

Prince Charles’s threat to quit National Trust in design dispute

I love it when royals do what they were made for –staying on the right side of history that is:

The National Trust was warned that the Prince of Wales might withdraw his patronage of the organisation unless designs for its new headquarters were altered to suit his architectural taste, the Guardian has learned.

A senior royal aide told the trust and its architects that the prince could not accept the design of a proposed £14.5m building in Swindon and said it should be changed or they would face the prospect of his stepping down as its president, according to a source involved in the project at the time.

The alleged intervention is fresh evidence of the Prince of Wales’s hands-on involvement in architecture and planning in Britain and follows news of his attempt to have the French architect Jean Nouvelremoved from a £500m project beside St Paul’s Cathedral. Nouvel said yesterday the prince had no right to try to persuade his client to adopt a different kind of architecture and said Charles’s preferred “pastiche design” was worse.

Prince and the architects

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