Lord Prescott: Prince Charles has a right to pen letters
Lord Prescott has defended the Prince of Wales' right to "write as many damn letters as he likes", as he spoke of correspondence he has received from the future king.
The former deputy prime minister said he cannot see a problem with Charles writing to ministers, adding that the royal has "a lot to offer this country".
Last month the Supreme Court upheld a ruling which paved the way for the publication of memos penned in 2004 and 2005 and sent by Charles to seven government departments - including the Northern Ireland Office.
Lord Prescott said that while he is "not a raving loyalist", he has "a lot of time for Charles".
"Charles has an awful lot to offer this country. And if he wants to serve his subjects by helping young people into work, combating climate change and building sustainable communities, he can write as many damn letters as he likes," he wrote in the Sunday Mirror.