THE Queen believes Britain’s politicians have an “inability to govern”, according to royal insiders.
Her Majesty famously stays out of politics, but her frustration has been revealed as MPs plot to drag her into Brexit.
The Queen made the comments at a private event shortly after David Cameron’s resignation following the referendum, reported The Times.
A royal source has since said the Queen’s frustration had since grown.
‘INABILITY TO GOVERN’
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.”
So far, the royal family has remained impartial throughout the Brexit saga, however the recent remark shines a new light on the monarch’s opinionated outlook.Source Close To The Queen
A senior royal source, who witnessed the exchange, told The Sunday Times: “She expressed her exasperation and frustration about the quality of our political leadership, and that frustration will only have grown.”
Her Majesty’s comment comes as Tory rebels and Labour MPs plot to call on the Queen to intervene if Boris Johnson refuses to quit in the wake of a no confidence vote.
QUEEN DRAGGED IN
Remainer MPs plan to oust the PM in an effort to block a No Deal Brexit.
But Boris intends to ignore any potential challenge before October 31.
Last week, Labour chief John McDonnell threatened to “drag” the Queen into Brexit and send leader Jeremy Corbyn to Buckingham palace “in a cab” if Boris refused to step down.
He also threatened to jail Tory MPs over benefits cuts if the party ever comes to power.
McDonnell said: “I don’t want to drag the Queen into this but I would be sending Jeremy Corbyn in a cab to Buckingham Palace to say we’re taking over.”
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith told the Daily Telegraph: “They will effectively arrive toting their guns. It’s basically a coup.”
Mr McDonnell was quizzed over his threat to jail Tories after previously declaring: “One day, I warn you, we will try them.”
Johnson’s defiance over a no confidence vote could cause a constitutional crisis and even see the Queen “dragged” into matters.
Catherine Haddon, a senior fellow at the Institute for Government think tank, said that under the Fixed term Parliament Act, Boris is under no obligation to resign.
She told the Times: “The onus is on the incumbent prime minister — they get to choose whether they resign.
“If they do not it is hard for a new government to be formed without dragging the Queen into politics.”
ROYAL CIRCLE’S TALKS
Senior figures in Whitehall and royal circles had said talks have taken place between Edward Young, the Queen’s private secretary, Sir Mark Sedwill, the cabinet secretary, and Peter Hill, the prime minister’s principal private secretary, about protecting the monarch’s independence, according to The Times.
The trio will “bust its gut to keep her out of any decision”, a source close to the Queen and Young said.
A senior Whitehall source said: “The royal household wants to manage this in a way that doesn’t damage the ongoing, long-term position of the crown.”
The Queen’s aides are reportedly privately pointing out that parliament must decide who can form a government in the event that Johnson loses a confidence voteJSenior Whitehall Source
Only then should the Queen be asked to see the new prime minister.
Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, the Queen could be required to ask Jeremy Corbyn or another senior politician to form a government that can command the confidence of the House of Commons.
However Downing Street sources have claimed the law is silent on the issue of resignation – which has lead to fears among Remainers that the PM could ignore the defeat and call a general election after October 31.
This would then leave MPs unable to stop the UK from crashing out of the EU.
Young is the first line of communication between the monarch and the government.
He took over the role from Sir Christopher Geidt, having served in the royal household since 2004 as the Queen’s deputy private secretary and assistant private secretary.
A royal source said: “Edward is very keen on precedent. His answer to any question is, ‘What did we do last time?’ But the challenge here is that he might not find a similar previous scenario.”