The Queen was ready to intervene earlier than the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 to assist enhance assist for the Union, based on reviews.
A brand new ebook by Lionel Barber, the previous editor of the Monetary Occasions alleges that he was informed by the Duke of York only one week earlier than the vote that the Queen was making ready to step in.
The monarch, 94, informed folks in Scotland to “assume very rigorously concerning the future” forward of the vote, and now Barber has claimed the feedback have been a part of an orchestrated plan to discourage voters from backing the Sure marketing campaign.
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“I can inform you that down in London they panicked,” he informed The Sunday Occasions.
“There may be this scene the place I’m at Buckingham Palace invited by the roguish Duke of York to lunch with the Chinese language overseas minister, and Andrew all of the sudden half lets free that the Queen goes to intervene on the Sunday.
“That they had clearly deliberate it… it was very artfully executed. I am certain that David Cameron did the identical factor which he later did with Barack Obama who he obtained to intervene on Brexit.
“I guess, and I can not show it, that he made a determined SOS name to Buckingham Palace to set that Sunday factor up… Andrew knew about it.”
The SNP has known as for the Queen to “stay steadfastly impartial” in a second independence referendum.
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SNP MP Tommy Sheppard informed The Occasions: “That is surprising and intensely regarding.
“If true, it signifies that political stress was utilized to the Queen to press her into areas the place the monarch shouldn’t go.
“I’d hope that the palace would be capable of give reassurance that the Queen will stay steadfastly impartial within the subsequent referendum.”