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Clarence House statement in full
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The statement said Prince Charles did not want disputes with the media
The statement in full of Clarence House - Prince Charles's London residence - on the "unspecified incident".

In recent days, there have been media reports concerning an allegation that a former Royal Household employee witnessed an incident some years ago involving a senior member of the Royal Family.

The speculation needs to be brought to an end.

The allegation was that the Prince of Wales was involved in the incident.

This allegation is untrue. The incident which the former employee claims to have witnessed did not take place.

There is a particular sadness about this allegation because it was made by a former Royal Household employee who, unfortunately, has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and has previously suffered from alcoholism following active service in the Falklands.

He has, in the past, made other unrelated allegations, which the police have fully investigated and found to be unsubstantiated.

The newspaper group that sought to publish this allegation knew this and has described the former employee as 'hardly a reliable witness'.

This was why the newspaper concerned agreed to the injunction on Saturday afternoon.

The Prince of Wales has always tried to avoid becoming involved in disputes with the media, which he appreciates fulfils an important role.

It is important, however, to state clearly that the allegation is entirely untrue.



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