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BACKSTAB: Senior Government Officials Spoke To Buckingham Palace In Plot To Involve THE QUEEN In Attacking Boris Johnson

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During the Covid-19 pandemic, senior government officials spoke to Buckingham Palace about the conduct of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister – even attempting to have the Queen reprimand him, the BBC has revealed.

Officials close to Boris – many of whom owe their success and being elected to the former Prime Minister – even discussed suggesting to the Queen that she raise concerns with Johnson during private audiences.

The revelation comes in BBC documentary series Laura Kuenssberg: State of Chaoswhich explores Boris Johnson’s time in office.

Interviewing senior Tory officials, the series covers the period between 2016 and the departure of Liz Truss as prime minister in 2022.

Sources have revealed that in May 2020, during the height of the pandemic, senior officials contacted Buckingham Palace to ‘express their fears about the former prime minister’s conduct in government’.

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Officials close to Johnson even attempted to influence the palace to have the Queen raise concerns in her private weekly conversations with the PM.

A number of phone calls and communications ‘over and above routine communication’ took place between Number 10 and the Palace.

One source said the then-prime minister “had to be reminded of the constitution”.

Queen Elizabeth II and Boris Johnson.

Queen Elizabeth II and Boris Johnson.

Another source described the atmosphere in Downing Street during that period as “utterly grim, and totally crazy”, saying relationships had been “just toxic” and the links between Mr Johnson’s team and the Civil Service “broke down”.

 The so-called “prorogation” in 2019 which had been technically carried out by the Queen is also said to have raised concerns inside Buckingham Palace, with ambitious senior Tories and civil servants seeking to exploit the scandal to oust Johnson.

Interviewed in the documentary is former deputy cabinet secretary, Helen MacNamara.

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“There were definitely times after the prime minister came back from his illness [he contracted Covid and required hospital treatment] when the kind of the perception amongst the political team at Number 10 about the failings of the system and the failings of the Civil Service and the failings of different institutions, it was just so extreme the way that they were articulating that, they were in absolutely kind of smash everything up, shut it all down, start again… we were systematically in real trouble,” she said.

Responding to the claims, Mr Johnson’s team insist Number 10’s actions were always within the constitution and that no member of the royal family raised such concerns with him.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

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