Prince Charles reveals his personal views in a lecture on architecture at RIBA today. Not surprisingly, many serious architects are outraged by the way he wields his influence on planning. See this letter to The Guardian from some of them.
When I wrote my biography of the modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger Ernö Goldfinger: The Life of an Architect (Routledge, 2004) I coined the term 'The Prince Charles Fallacy': the misguided notion that the only buildings that should be allowed to be built are those that look more less like the buildings that are already in the area. Read how this approach blighted Goldfinger's career.
Let's hope this interfering aesthetic conservatism that undermines democratic processes triggers a serious debate about what we value in architecture and how we go about civic decision-making.