A relative of two Bloody Sunday victim’s has queried whether Prince Charles had sight of secret military documents relating to the events of January 30, 1972 when 14 people were gunned down by the British Parachute Regiment.
Some English newspapers have recently revealed through the Freedom of Information Act that the heir apparent to the British throne has been receiving Cabinet papers on a range of subjects for decades and writing his thoughts on them to various Ministers.
It has been revealed that Prince Charles receives all cabinet memoranda including secret proposals for new legislation and other discussion documents that are only publicly released after 30 years. It has thrown into question the supposed policy non-interference by the British monarchy in constitutional affairs.
Kate Nash, whose brother and father were shot on Bloody Sunday says the affair raises serious questions as Prince Charles is Colonel-in Chief of the Parachute Regiment.
“It is outrageous that he is given preference over victims. Not only does Charles see the documents but he isn’t slow to tell Ministers what he thinks of them and what should be done.
“Everyone who has campaigned for truth and justice regarding Bloody Sunday should speak out and demand the details of the material Charles has been allowed to examine and details of any conversations he may have had afterwards with Ministers, army chiefs of members of the security services.
“For example, was the Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment allow to express a view in advance on how the report of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry should be dealt with? We know the report was discussed by the cabinet. Did they also have Charles’ opinions in front of them? Did these opinions influence Ministers?”
Paul Flynn MP, a member of the Commons public administration and constitutional affairs committee has said the situation makes Charles “Britain’s best informed lobbyist,” and has called for an inquiry. He also said that Prince Charles’ access to the papers was a “considerable surprise.”
Kate Nash continued: “The Saville report let every senior Para off the hook. it exonerated every politician involved.
“It gave MI5 a clean bill of health. It pointed the finger at individual paratroopers, but whitewashed everybody higher up the scale.
“Was this a result of establishment pressure and did Prince Charles contribute to that pressure? How many other secret documents relating to the North have been shown to him over the years?
The revelations about the heir to throne’s access to cabinet information came after a lengthy court battle to deny answers under the Freedom of Information Act.
“The fact that it has now come out is a victory. But, there is a great deal of information about Bloody Sunday and about the North generally which is still being kept from the public.Let’s have it all out in the open. Charles Windsor has no more right than the rest of us. Answers about this should be the very least demanded by elected representatives, particularly from Derry,” said Kate.