Royals and politics shouldn't mix – even if the people agree
The Independent|October 16, 2021
Did she mean her comments to be made public?
JOHN RENTOUL

The Queen was talking to Elin Jones, the presiding officer of the Welsh parliament, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, at the opening ceremony for the Senedd in Cardiff, but was audible on the live stream of the event.

“We only know about people who are not coming” to the UN Cop 26 climate summit in Glasgow at the end of the month, she said. “It’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.”

Grant Shapps, transport secretary and minister for the morning round of media interviews, said: “I don’t think her comments were for broadcast.” It certainly doesn’t look as deliberate as her intervention in the Scottish referendum campaign in 2014, when she stopped to talk to members of the public outside her church near Balmoral Castle and said: “I hope people will think very carefully about the future.”

That was done with the subtle ambiguity that has made her so successful as a modern monarch, but it was still wrong of her to interfere in politics. I agree with her that the UK should stay together, but I think it was a mistake to say so, even in code.

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