The Standards Board for Royalty announced this morning that it has suspended the Prince of Wales for 'bringing his office into disrepute'.
The outspoken Prince, 57, has made a number of controversial public comments over the years, on subjects from horticulture to architecture.
A spokesman for the Standards Board, Brian Meddling-Quango, said: "This has gone on long enough. The time has come to act. Charles Windsor has been suspended from office for a period of one month with immediate effect."
The ruling was greeted with dismay by many commentators.
"It is a twavesty that in this countwy a democwatically-elected Prince of Wales can be removed from his post by people who owe their authority to nothing more than the Pwime Minister's favour," Roy Hattersley told reporters last night from his seat in the House of Lords.
While he serves his ban, the Prince's duties will be carried out by his butler, Sir Nigel Dhrinkskaddie. If the Queen should die during the period of suspension, Sir Nigel will succeed to the throne in place of the Prince.