Palace denies plans for ’lobby style’ briefings

The Queen’s press office has dismissed claims made in the Sunday Times that Buckingham and St James’ palaces are to introduce weekly ’lobby style’ briefings for journalists.

The Queen’s press office has dismissed claims made in the Sunday

Times that Buckingham and St James’ palaces are to introduce weekly

’lobby style’ briefings for journalists.



A senior Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ’The idea hasn’t even been

discussed. Our approach is that journalists are always briefed on issues

but a weekly briefing would not be feasible.’



Both palaces denied that there was a rift between them on the

matter.



Prince Charles’ aides claim not to have made the comments attributed to

them in the Sunday Times.



However, the Royal Family is introducing a number of measures to improve

press relations. The Buckingham Palace source, who refused to be named,

confirmed that Palace advisers would be allowed to speak on the record

to the press more often.



Folowing public criticism over its handling of the death of Diana,

Princess of Wales, Buckingham Palace will take a more proactive approach

to media relations, working closely with the national media on specific

themed articles and becoming more involved with local media.



The spokesman claims the change in approach is working: ’The Queen and

Prince of Wales have been relaxed on recent visits and the way we

communicate this message is developing,’ he added. However, the Palace

has been criticised in some sections of the media for heavyhanded spin

doctoring of the Prince’s visit to South Africa.



Leader, p9.



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