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Buckingham Palace is said to have been irritated by the Prime Minister’s ‘lack of courtesy’ [Image: AFP/Getty].

No wonder Buckingham Palace was furious – Theresa May displayed utterly inappropriate arrogance in claiming that she had formed a government, when it is the Queen’s prerogative to ask a prospective prime minister to do so.

Furthermore, Mrs May initially had no right to claim that she even had the ability to form a government, as there was no deal with the DUP until 17 days after she claimed it had been sealed.

It looks like a stitch-up – and a surprisingly successful one, considering the Tory prime minister’s ineptitude at everything else.

And what about a “Royal source” and their claim that the DUP “buggered Mrs May about”? What does that say about the Palace’s attitude to the government Mrs May has created.

It seems she cannot rely on her party’s support in the House of Lords – and, considering her treatment of the monarch, nobody should be surprised.

Buckingham Palace was infuriated with Theresa May after she misled the Queen about the progress of negotiations as she sought to form a government, it has been reported.

Tensions are said to have arisen between senior courtiers and Downing Street after the Prime Minister said she had secured the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), only for it to take another 17 days before a deal was finalised.

The palace was reportedly further irritated by Ms May breaching protocol as she announced her intention to form a government on the steps of Downing Street, The Sunday Times reported.

A Tory peer told the newspaper: “She said, ‘I’ve formed a government’, not ‘The Queen has asked me to form a government’. The palace was alarmed by her formulation of words.”

The Queen’s private secretary, Sir Christopher Geidt, is said to have repeatedly made his frustrations clear.

“It is certainly true the palace was being given a greater sense of certainty about the deal than was accurate, because the truth is that the DUP buggered Mrs May about longer than she thought,” said a royal source.

A Conservative adviser… said Ms May did not intentionally misled the Queen, because her chief whip, Gavin Williamson, “thought he had assurances he didn’t have” from the DUP.

Source: Queen ‘furious at being misled by Theresa May over DUP deal’


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