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Prince Charles accused of political meddling

LONDON — Prince Charles has had 36 private meetings with British Cabinet ministers in the last three years, a newspaper revealed Monday, and the large number has spurred accusations that the heir to the throne is meddling in politics.

The Daily Mail compiled a list of the meetings from public records. They include seven with Prime Minister David Cameron since the May 2010 election.

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The future monarch is expected to be politically neutral, but 64-year-old Charles has expressed strong opinions on issues including education, architecture, religion, the environment, organic food, and homeopathy. The meetings included seven with ministers responsible for energy and climate change and five with environment ministers.

In an editorial, the usually pro-royal Daily Mail accused Charles of a ‘‘campaign of meddling.’’

‘‘By lobbying ministers behind closed doors, the prince appears to be using his position to manipulate policy,’’ the newspaper said.

Charles’s office said the prince had a duty ‘‘to bring his unique perspective’’ and experience into meetings with officials.

Britain’s constitutional monarch has no political power but meets regularly with prime ministers and other senior politicians to talk about events of the day.

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