King Charles III held his first weekly audience with the Prime Minister in person at Buckingham Palace earlier today. The King officially met Liz Truss for the third time on Wednesday evening, after meeting her twice in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death. But this is the first of their weekly meetings since the death of the Queen.
The King has pledged to stand above politics now he has succeeded his mother as monarch.
In his first address to the nation after the Queen’s death, the new King said: “My life will of course change as I take up my new responsibilities.
“It will no longer be possible for me to give so much of my time and energies to the charities and issues for which I care so deeply.
“But I know this important work will go on in the trusted hands of others.”
He first met with Ms Truss at Buckingham Palace on the day after the Queen died.
During the meeting, King Charles III said the death of his mother was “the moment I have been dreading”.
As she offered her condolences, the King shook her hand, saying: “You are very kind for coming – I know how busy you are.”
The King met the Prime Minister for the second time at his Accession Council meeting at St James’s Palace several days later.
The meeting between Ms Truss and King Charles III comes as the Prime Minister faces a rocky start to her premiership.
Earlier today, Ms Truss was accused by Tory MP Robert Halfon of having “trashed the last 10 years” of work done to establish the Conservative Party as one which looks after the interests of working people.
He said that the party’s focus is now on tax cuts for the rich and bankers’ bonuses.
According to the Guardian, another MP described Ms Truss’ appearance at the 1922 committee as “funereal.”
Trouble for Liz Truss reached a head earlier today when the party enforced a three-line whip on today’s vote.
A three-line whip is a strict instruction to attend and vote according to the party’s position, a breach of which would normally have serious consequences for an MP. But despite this, just 233 of 356 Tory MPs turned up to vote.
Some MPs have claimed that Ms Truss faced even more hostile questions from the Committee than those taken by ousted Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The Conservative Party has been fraught with division since Ms Truss’s mini-budget introduced a swathe of tax cuts.
These included cutting the basic rate of income tax from 20 to 19 percent and abolishing the 45 percent top rate of tax.
The planned corporation tax increase, which was set to rise from 19 percent to 25 percent, will also be axed.
Meanwhile, stamp duty will be cut for homebuyers.