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The view from the Ridge: ‘Displeasure’ at Palace over David Cameron’s indiscretion

DAVID CAMERON is said to have caused ‘an amount of displeasure’ at Buckingham Palace by admitting he sought support from the Queen during the Scottish independence referendum campaign.

The former PM has confided to the BBC that he asked the scrupulously impartial monarch in 2014 to ‘raise an eyebrow’ at the possibility of the break-up of the UK.

Her Majesty (pictured), who soon after urged voters to ‘think very carefully about the future’, issued no public statement about Mr Cameron’s disclosure. But a royal source told the Press Association of the displeasure at the Palace. And an insider told the Beeb such indiscretions make it hard for the Queen’s relationship with her PMs to ‘thrive’.

Mr Cameron revealed his royal request in a two-part BBC documentary about him that began last night. He told Radio 4 yesterday he asked for nothing ‘improper’ and declined to say more, adding: ‘I have already said perhaps a little bit too much.’

He admitted making a ‘terrible mistake’ after Scots voted to remain, by letting slip that the Queen was ‘purring down the phone’ to him when she heard the result.