Queen’s “very wise” political stance debunked after Scottish independence intervention | Royal | New
IndyRef2: Expert on how Salmond “complicates” the independence file
Mr Salmond, former leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and founder of the new Alba party, warned Prince William against interfering in the independence debate. William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, were on a visit to Scotland last week which included a meeting with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah. Ms Brown is a well-known trade unionist, having campaigned for Better Together seven years ago, and recently relaunched her think tank Our Scottish Future as a pro-Union campaign movement.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, met the Browns in an unpublished meeting at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.
Mr Brown was the only politician other than Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon they met on the tour.
Mr Salmond accused the Duke of Cambridge of showing “bad judgment” and added that it would be “extraordinarily” foolish for the monarchy to be embroiled in an independence feud.
He asked “what the hell Prince William thought he was doing” when meeting Mr Brown and warned the royals that the Unionists were trying to use them for political ends.
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Alex Salmond said the Queen has stayed above politics
Prince William and Kate in Scotland last week
He urged them to follow the Queen’s “very wise” example of staying out of politics.
The leader of Alba is himself a well-known monarchist, unlike his SNP successor, Nicola Sturgeon, who has been much more lukewarm on the issue.
However, this is not the first time that the Royal Family has appeared to show its implicit support for maintaining the Union.
The Queen intervened just days before the September 2014 independence referendum, telling a Crathie Kirk supporter near Balmoral that she hoped the Scots would ‘think very carefully’ about their vote.
William and Kate met Gordon Brown in Scotland
It was seen by many as a show of support for the Union, despite the Queen’s constitutional role of being above politics.
David Cameron, then Prime Minister, later revealed that he asked Her Majesty to “raise an eyebrow” on the prospect of independence.
After seeing a poll that indicated Unionists could lose, worried Cameron contacted his private secretary to make the request.
He later apologized after being overheard she had ‘purred’ on the phone when he told her Scotland had voted to stay.
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David Cameron asked the Queen to raise an eyebrow on the independence vote
Mr Salmond insisted Mr Cameron had made “one last, desperate and unsuccessful attempt to drag the Queen into politics”.
He added: “Brown’s meeting shows a lack of judgment on both sides, but the same degree of ruthless Unionist desperation. “
Kensington Palace confirmed that William and Kate listened to different political voices during their week-long tour north of the border.
A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess said: “While in Scotland, Prince William spoke to a wide range of people from different communities, including politicians from all political backgrounds.”
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Prime Minister Ms Sturgeon unveiled plans for IndyRef2 by the end of 2023, when the immediate coronavirus crisis has passed, but while the recovery is still underway.
She remained in her post after the SNP improved its 2016 result in the recent Scottish Parliament elections.
They have only one seat less than the majority in Holyrood, but the separatist parties constitute the majority, with the Scottish Greens having eight seats.
However, Mr Salmond said the elections had left Unionist parties “in a state of disarray” and argued that the cause of independence cannot wait.
The former prime minister has split from the SNP after a row with Nicola Sturgeon over the handling of the sexual assault allegations.
The Queen and Alex Salmond
In a video message to supporters, Mr Salmond said it would be “infinitely better” for his former colleague to “strike while the iron is hot”.
He said the Conservatives were surprised that they did not already face a new challenge for independence.
Of William and Kate, he said: “Whatever Prince William thought he was doing in agreeing to a confab with Gordon Brown just as he was organizing his last campaign for the Union, we should have no hesitation. to see of this meeting, unionist preparation to try to persuade a constitutional monarchy to intervene in a constitutional debate which should be left to the people.
“It would be very wise for the royal family to follow the Queen’s example during her long reign, to keep the monarchy above politics and it would be foolish to have a situation in which it can be said that the monarchy is involved in the Scottish constitutional debate.