PRINCE Andrew let slip the Queen was going to be part of a campaign to discourage Scots from voting for independence.
He told how she was planning to intervene one week before the 2014 referendum.
Prince Andrew let slip the Queen was going to be part of a campaign to discourage Scots from voting for independenceCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Andrew told how the Queen was planning to intervene one week before the 2014 referendumCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Her Majesty, 94, told her subjects North of the Border to “think very carefully about the future”.
Many think her intervention could have shaped the vote.
Now it has been revealed Andrew made others aware of what the Queen was going to do.
The claim was made by former Financial Times newspaper editor Lionel Barber, 65.
It was September 11, four days after an opinion poll putting the Yes campaign ahead for the first time.
Former prime minister David Cameron 54, asked royal officials to discuss how the monarch could comment while staying neutral.
On September 14, the Queen told a member of the public outside Crathie Kirk – the church near her Balmoral estate – that she hoped Scots would “think very carefully about the future”.
At the time, Buckingham Palace denied the Queen was seeking to influence the vote.
But Mr Barber says in his diaries Andrew gave him “a nod and a wink, wink” about the Queen preparing to step into the debate.
Barber called the comments “pretty bloody amazing”.
He told the Sunday Times: “That was interesting.
Former Financial Times editor Lionel Barber claims Andrew gave him ‘a nod and a wink, wink’ about the Queen preparing to step into the debateCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Then PM David Cameron asked royal officials to discuss how the monarch could comment on the referendum while staying neutralCredit: Getty – Contributor
“They had clearly planned it. It was very artfully done… Andrew knew about it.”
He believes the Queen’s intervention “may have tipped the balance” .
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “We never comment on people’s recollections of what were private conversations.”
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