State & Ceremonial

Crisis talks take place between Buckingham Palace & Downing Street over The Queen’s independence


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Extensive talks have been taking place between Buckingham Palace and Downing Street over the importance of The Queen’s independence after aides fear the monarch will be dragged into the Brexit crisis.

According to the Sunday Times, talks have been taking place between The Queen’s Private Secretary, Edward Young, the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Mark Sedwill and Peter Hill, the Prime Minister’s Principal Private Secretary.

According to a royal source, these three men, known as the “golden triangle”, are in charge of making sure The Queen is not forced to make any decision regarding Brexit that could be seen as politically divisive.

A source told the Times: “The royal household wants to manage this in a way that doesn’t damage the ongoing, long-term position of the crown.”

Aides of The Queen are increasingly worried that Prime Minister Boris Johnson could lose a vote of no confidence when parliament returns from its summer recess.

If this happens, then there is concern that any number of people could claim that they have a majority in the House of Commons so should become the next Prime Minister.

Buckingham Palace want to ensure that Parliament decides for itself who should become the next Prime Minister, without the need for The Queen to choose.

As per Her Majesty’s royal prerogative, she appoints and dismisses the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers. All that is required to become Prime Minister is the ability to command a majority of MPs in the House of Commons, a number which currently stands at 320.

Royal insiders have claimed that The Queen is very much of the opinion that politicians in the United Kingdom have an “inability to govern” leaving the monarch “dismayed.”

According to a report in the Sunday Times, The Queen made the comments at a private event shortly after David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister and the UK voted to leave the European Union in a public referendum.

As politicians call for Her Majesty to intervein in the ongoing Brexit crisis, a royal source has claimed that the 93-year-old monarch’s frustration has only grown further.

The source said: “I think she’s really dismayed. I’ve heard her talking about her disappointment in the current political class and its inability to govern correctly.”

“She expressed her exasperation and frustration about the quality of our political leadership, and that frustration will only have grown.”