Queen Elizabeth II was reportedly let down and embarrassed by two prime ministers.
The Queen has a complex relationship with the 14 prime ministers who have come and go during her reign. However, Richard Fitzwilliams said that Her Majesty was let down by two leaders due to their “tasteless” and “embarrassing” actions. The expert was referring to Boris Johnson’s prorogation scandal and David Cameron’s autobiography revelations.
“The Queen has been let down by two Prime Ministers in the space of a few months. There’s no doubt about it. David Cameron because of his indiscretion where royal displeasure was expressed when he was, of course, trying to sell his autobiography,” Fitzwilliams said.
“You don’t talk about how you were trying to influence the Queen. I think it was tasteless. And, remember, it’s not the only time he’s embarrassed the Queen. He was talking to the former Mayor of New York, Bloomberg, and it was picked up. He said, as you’ll remember, ‘the Queen purred down the line at me.’ So Cameron’s embarrassed the Queen twice, and it’s a very sensitive issue,” he continued.
Fitzwilliams stressed that the Queen took a Coronation oath to serve the union. Her Majesty supports the union and she confirms this in her Silver Jubilee speech to Parliament in 1977. He added that Cameron should have never done what he did.
The expert also explained how Johnson embarrassed the Queen.
“Regarding Boris Johnson, the Queen of course has to assent to all her Government’s requests. Every monarch has, since Queen Anne in 1708 when she refused to sign a bill. It still remains a form of democratic longstop that if something absolutely outrageous, like proroguing Parliament to November 1 say, had been requested, who knows what might have happened. The Queen, conceivably, could have refused to signature, but that would really be drastic.”
In related news, the royal family will be reuniting on Remembrance Sunday. Camilla Parker Bowles is sick and if she will not make it into the event, Meghan Markle might replace Camilla’s spot on the balcony.
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