The Queen’s wealth has come under the scanner after media reports about her efforts to hide her wealth from the public.
The Guardian reported that the Queen successfully lobbied the government to change a draft law in order to conceal her “embarrassing” private wealth from the public.
Documents revealed in the National Archives show that the consent process, which gives the Queen and her lawyers advance sight of bills coming into parliament, has enabled her to secretly lobby for legislative changes.
Thomas Adams, a specialist in constitutional law at Oxford University who reviewed the new documents, said they revealed “the kind of influence over legislation that lobbyists would only dream of”. The mere existence of the consent procedure, he said, appeared to have given the monarch “substantial influence” over draft laws that could affect her.