BUCKINGHAM Palace is furious over David Cameron’s claims he sought advice from the Queen during the referendum on Scottish independence.
The former PM said he went to Her majesty for support after a poll predicting a Yes victory “panicked” him.
David Cameron revealed he discreetly asked the Queen for her help in the Scottish referendum[/caption]
Mr Cameron made contact with Buckingham Palace officials in 2014, suggesting the monarch could “raise an eyebrow” in the close-fought campaign.
A few days before the referendum in September 2014, the Queen told a well-wisher in Aberdeenshire that she hoped “people would think very carefully about the future”.
The comments have infuriated the Palace which claims any conversation between the monarch and the Prime Minister should stay private.
A source told the BBC that “it serves no one’s interests” for conversations between the PM and the Queen to be made public.
“It makes it very hard for the relationship to thrive,” they added.
Cameron’s comment was seized on by many pro-union campaigners as an indication that the Queen was urging voters to keep the UK together.
don’t want to say anything more about this, I’m sure some people would think it may possibly even be that I have already said perhaps a little bit too much.
The former Tory prime minister has now hinted he may have revealed “too much” about his interactions with the Queen, but stressed he had not asked her to say or do anything improper.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I don’t want to say anything more about this, I’m sure some people would think it may possibly even be that I have already said perhaps a little bit too much.”
He said remarks he made at the time that the Queen had been “purring down the line” to him after the No result had been a “terrible mistake” for which he apologised immediately.
In an interview with John Humphrys – during the presenter’s last appearance on the Today programme – Mr Cameron also defended his decision to call the 2016 EU referendum, saying he had “honest” motives.
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He said there had been “growing problems” with the EU and there was a growing appetite for a referendum in the UK.
The former PM acknowledged he had failed to improve the situation but denied being complacent, saying he takes a “big share of responsibility” for what has happened since.
He said: “If you’re asking me do I accept a big share of the blame for the difficulties that we face in our country, do I think about it every day, does it pain me enormously to see our politics frozen and our society divided, yes it does.
“And I do take my share of responsibility for that.”
The Queen is expected to remain above politics[/caption]
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