Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has said he would be “very comfortable” with the King speaking out on climate change following more than three decades of activism.
King Charles has been a key voice on the environment since the 1970s when – as the Prince of Wales – he was not bound to impartiality.
While the sovereign has maintained his advocacy and charity work would fall by the wayside in his new position, some have urged him to remain vocal on climate change.
The Prime Minister has carefully navigated the issue, reiterating the importance for the King to be impartial on political matters.
But Mr Albanese told British radio on the weekend he would welcome King Charles being active on climate change.
“It’s important that the sovereign stay distant from party political issues but from my perspective … I’d be very comfortable with the King expressing views about the importance of climate change,” Mr Albanese said on BBC Radio 4.
“It is about the very survival, about our way of life.”
The Prime Minister said the issue extended beyond politics, pointing to the slate of recent natural disasters seen across Australia.
“There have always been natural disasters in Australia but they’re more frequent and more intense,” he continued.
“That’s why this issue shouldn’t be a partisan political issue it should be an issue which the world needs to confront.”
King Charles III’s activism has expanded since his first speech on the environment in 1970, making keynote addresses to global summits calling for a rapid reduction in Co2 pollution throughout his time as a working royal.
In 2020 he delivered a rousing speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland where he declared: “We simply cannot waste any more time … the time to act is now”.
“Global warming, climate change and the devastating loss of biodiversity are the greatest threats humanity has ever faced,” the King said at the time.
But beyond speeches to world leaders, the King has attempted to limit his own carbon footprint with the 73-year-old monarch skipping meat a few days a week, installing solar panels at his Clarence House home in London running his Aston Martin on cheese whey and surplus wine.