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Anne: GM crops can be 'more efficient use of the land'

Princess Anne has explained why she supports genetically modified crops - despite her brother Charles being an outspoken opponent of them.

"They do add to our ability to perhaps be more efficient users of the land," she told BBC One's Countryfile.

"I think in the long-term, when you've got the prospect of nine billion [people] to feed, you are going to need some help in doing that."

Prince Charles once warned that the development of GM crops risked creating "the biggest disaster environmentally of all time" and accused multinational corporations of conducting an experiment with nature which had gone "seriously wrong".


Guardian: Wrong to block release of Charles' letters

A Guardian journalist accused the Attorney General Dominic Grieve of failing to show "reasonable grounds" for blocking the release of letters sent by Prince Charles to government ministers.

The High Court today ruled that Grieve's use of a ministerial veto to stop the letters being published was unlawful but the Attorney General said he will "pursue an appeal."

The public has a right to know if the heir to the throne is advocating policy or promoting causes to government ministers.

We welcome today's appeal court judgment finding that it was wrong to block the release of the letters.

We hope the Attorney General will recognise he has reached the end of the legal road and that government departments will now publish the correspondence so that the public can judge for themselves.

– A Guardian News & Media spokesperson


Prince Charles takes part in Saudi sword dance

Prince Charles has been visiting Saudi Arabia as part of a short tour of the Middle East.

The Prince of Wales joined members of the Saudi royal family to take part in a sword dance, known as an Ardah, in the capital Riyadh.

Prince Charles dances with a sword during the a traditional Saudi dancing. Credit: REUTERS/Fayez Nureldine

Charles was wearing the traditional robes for the ceremony, which was celebrating the 17-day-long Janadriyah Festival.

Other highlights of his tour included a visit to the Janadriya gardens and an old Saudi Arabian city.

Prince Charles takes part in the performance during the Janadriya culture festival. Credit: REUTERS/Fayez Nureldine/Pool

The Prince is also visiting Qatar in what will be his second visit to the two nations in just under a year, and his 10th official trip to the Saudi Arabia since he first toured the nation in 1986.

Charles to be welcomed to Middle East by Saudi prince

Prince Charles will be welcomed in Riyadh by Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, chairman of the National Guard when he arrives in the country later today.

His Royal Highness' second visit to the kingdom in my time here as ambassador exemplifies our wish to engage at the most senior levels and our determination to sustain the personal touch.

At a time of enormous turmoil and human agony in the Middle East, seen today perhaps most acutely in Syria, the Prince's advocacy of interfaith understanding and dialogue between communities is needed more than ever. His Majesty the King shares this deep concern.

I know that he and His Royal Highness will have much to discuss about the need for reconciliation and their hopes for the region's future.

– Sir John Jenkins, the UK's ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Prince Charles begins tour of the Middle East

The Prince of Wales will fly to the Middle East for a short tour. Charles's four-day trip to Saudi Arabia and Qatar comes just under a year since he last toured the two nations.

Prince Charles. Credit: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The heir to the throne's tour has a large majority of private engagements. But highlights of his public events include a tour of an old Saudi Arabian city and in the Qatari capital Doha he will visit a leading museum.

Prince William meets Jackie Chan at conservation event

The Duke of Cambridge meets actor Jackie Chan. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge has hailed tomorrow's major international summit on the trafficking of endangered wild animals as the "beginning of the end of this despicable trade".

Speaking at a Natural History Museum reception attended by conservation charities, philanthropists and leading wildlife campaigners Prince William said:

"Tonight we are here with a single, shared purpose - to use our collective influence to put a stop to the illegal killing and trafficking of some of our world's most iconic and endangered species."

During the event William met one of the world's biggest action movie actors Jackie Chan who is in London to launch an anti-poaching video for the organisation WildAid of which he is an ambassador.

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