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Black Spider Memo Lawyer Defends Decision To Suppress Letters

Letters are 'particularly frank'

10.24.12 8:45 PM ET

The more Dominic Grieve, the Attorney general in the UK attempts to defend his decision to block the release of prince Charles's 'Black spider' memos the more intriguing he makes them sound.

He blocked their release last week on the grounds that their contents would “seriously damage” his future role as king were they made public as the “particularly frank” views could cast doubt on the Prince’s political neutrality.

The Prince’s correspondence is called the “black spider letters” on account of his scrawling hand-writing.

Grieve's most recent comments were made today in front of a committee of MPs, saying that the Prince of Wales should be able to "raise queries or points" with ministers because he probably hears many “very interesting things”.

"It would be a rather odd situation if ... as somebody going around and picking up information, he shouldn’t want to communicate to ministers things he’s been told, things he’s noticed himself and to make suggestions as to whether something might or might not be done about it," he said.

He said there are equally good reasons to keep the Queen’s conversations with ministers secret.

“It would be delightful to know what the sovereign says to the Prime Minister every Tuesday afternoon but there are compelling reasons why we should not know,” he said.