General Election 2024: Royal family 'postpone' engagements to not 'divert attention' from campaigns

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King Charles gave Rishi Sunak the green light for holding a general election -Credit:POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The Royal Family are to 'postpone' any public engagements following the news of a general election being called, in a bid not to "divert attention or distract" from the election campaigns.

It comes as it was announced on Wednesday that King Charles had agreed on the decision of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to call for a general election. The monarch met with Sunak earlier today at Buckingham Palace, shortly after his Prince’s Trust engagement.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: "Following the Prime Minister’s statement this afternoon calling a General Election, the royal family will, in accordance with normal procedure, postpone engagements that may appear to divert attention or distract from the election campaign."

The general election will take place on July 4. They added: "Their Majesties send their sincere apologies to any of those who may be affected as a result."

Buckingham Palace said the King met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in person at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday afternoon. They spent around 15 minutes together, in place of their normal weekly audience on Wednesday evening.

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King Charles attending the Prince’s Trust engagement on Wednesday -Credit:PA

Elsewhere, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told voters on July 4 the future of the UK is in “your hands”, saying “together we can stop the chaos, we can turn the page, we can start to rebuild Britain”.

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak concluded his election announcement by saying he will “fight for every vote” and prove to voters only a Conservative Government led by him will “deliver a secure future” for the UK.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has confirmed he will stand in the General Election, and said on Twitter he would “fight with every bone in my body” to get Rishi Sunak re-elected.

He wrote: “As today’s inflation news confirms, despite massive global shocks our country’s prospects have been transformed under Rishi’s leadership. It will be my honour to fight with every bone in my body to get him re-elected because we need a government that takes the difficult decisions necessary to unlock our nation’s extraordinary potential.

“I will also stand for election in Godalming and Ash where I am proud of my local record and excited that the new boundaries include the town I went to school and the village I grew up in.

“It is a highly marginal seat so I will fight hard for every single vote!”

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