The results of Scotland’s recent independence referendum pleased Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister David Cameron suggests in a bombshell recording. In the video, obtained by the Guardian, Cameron reportedly says the British monarch “purred down the line” after learning Scotland would not end its 307-year tie with the U.K. last week.
“The definition of relief is being prime minister of the United Kingdom and ringing the queen and saying, ‘It’s all right. It’s OK.’ That was something. She purred down the line,” Cameron, 47, can be heard telling former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the video. BBC News reported Cameron also said he had “never heard someone so happy."
The prime minister reportedly went on to slam supporters of the “yes” movement. “But it should never have been that close,” Cameron said of the vote, which resulted in 55 percent of those who participated voting against separation last Thursday. “I’ve said I want to find these polling companies and I want to sue them for my stomach ulcers. It was very nervous moments.”
His apparent comments breach the tradition that the prime minister should not reveal his private talks with the monarch. Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on the video, BBC News said.
Alex Salmond, who is resigning as Scotland's first minister after the “yes” campaign he led failed, Tuesday called Cameron’s comments “pathetic."
“David Cameron has been prime minister for four years and he hasn’t learned basic civility on not gossiping about what ... the queen thinks or doesn't think to Michael Bloomberg or anyone else for that matter,” he told BBC Scotland. “That’s absolutely pathetic, and he should hang his head in shame.”
After previously refusing to address her stance on the Scotland independence vote, Queen Elizabeth, 88, issued a statement Friday after the results were announced.
“Now, as we move forward, we should remember that despite the range of views that have been expressed, we have in common an enduring love of Scotland, which is one of the things that helps to unite us all,” the queen said. “Knowing the people of Scotland as I do, I have no doubt that Scots, like others throughout the United Kingdom, are able to express strongly held opinions before coming together again in a spirit of mutual respect and support, to work constructively for the future of Scotland and indeed all parts of this country.”