The gloves are off in the punch-up between the Prince and the architectural establishment. New RIBA president Ruth Reed, who took up the position on Tuesday, got her tenure off to an aggressive start by attacking Charles this morning on Radio 4 for his "behind-the-scenes" meddling over planning permissions and approved architects for his favoured sites, and describing his behaviour as an "abuse of his position". The Prince is building up quite the catalogue of interventions: his scuppering of Chelsea Barracks is the most notorious, though his unsuccessful scheming over One New Change and a new entranceway to Kensington Palace have recently come to light. The détente between the Prince and RIBA, summed up by his speech at the Institute in May, was all too brief, but even opponents of the Royal touch must admit that, by keeping aloof and (in public at least) silent, he's coming off much the better in these minor skirmishes.
Last Updated 02 September 2009