For me, the most telling remark amongst many in Lord Roger’s diatribe about the Prince of Wales’ intervention in the development of the Chelsea Barracks housing development is this:
“Are we going to have royalty dictating to us modern art? Are we going to have royalty dictating their taste in music? No, because they’re not experts in any of those fields.”
Now of course, we all have opinions about music and art regardless of whether we are experts or not. Doubtless Rogers has his own. He may not like The Beatles, and presumably never felt the need to learn the guitar before forming his view.
The statement is a dead giveaway because architects simply don’t like other people having negative opinions about their work. Certainly they don’t like people who have some influence having those opinions.