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Secret Prince Charles letters are set to be released

By Staff Reporter

Letters from the Prince of Wales to the Northern Ireland Office are to be published after a 10-year legal battle ended with a ruling in the Supreme Court.

The 27 "particularly frank" letters to seven government departments including the NIO, saw Prince Charles express his "most deeply held personal views and beliefs", according to former attorney general Dominic Grieve.

Downing Street has begun the "preparatory work" needed for the release of the letters, which dates between September 2004 and April 2005.

A spokeswoman for the Prince said: "This is a matter for the Government. Clarence House is disappointed the principle of privacy has not been upheld."

The case was brought by the Guardian, after journalist Rob Evans applied to see a number of written communications between Charles and various government ministers, seeking disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act back in 2005.

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