The Great Debate UK

from UK News:

Is Prince Charles right to weigh in on architecture?

Prince Charles is facing renewed criticism over his involvement in architectural planning after recent reports that he attempted to influence projects in London and Swindon.

The prince tried to have French architect Jean Nouvel removed from a 500 million pound office and shopping project next to St. Paul's Cathedral in London, the Guardian said in an investigative report.

The prince is alleged to have written to Land Securities in 2005 when they selected Nouvel to suggest a meeting with his preferred architects, according to the newspaper.

The National Trust was warned that the Prince might withdraw his patronage of the organization unless the design of a new building in Swindon suited his taste, the investigation revealed.