King Charles has stirred up controversy by wearing a Greek flag tie at the COP28 climate summit. The move comes amidst an ongoing dispute over the Elgin Marbles, further fueling tensions between Greece and the UK.
Rishi Sunak, the UK Chancellor, denies allegations of having a "hissy fit" regarding the Elgin Marbles dispute. His comments came after a canceled meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Sunak firmly stated that the Marbles cannot be returned and that the British Museum's own website requires the recipient of the sculptures to acknowledge the lawful ownership of the lending country.
Charles, whose late father Philip was Greek, made a bold statement by wearing a Greek flag tie at the COP28 summit in Dubai. This move has added to the speculation and debate surrounding the potential return of the Elgin Marbles.
The debate over the Elgin Marbles took another twist as George Osborne, the former Tory Chancellor and current British Museum chair, suggested that a deal for their return was "fifty-fifty." However, Number 10 has clarified that there are currently no plans to change the law for the permanent return of the sculptures.