BBC political editor knew that the ‘Queen backed Brexit’, but she decided...

BBC political editor knew that the ‘Queen backed Brexit’, but she decided NOT to report it

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New evidence has emerged that the Queen was the most high profile supporter of Brexit but the BBC decided not to reveal it.

The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg has admitted that she was told that the Queen backed EU but decided not to report.

A report by News Watch produced evidence that the BBC’s coverage of the historic referendum was biased in favour of Remain, however, the highly respected Ms Kuenssberg said she decided to remain silent on the Queen because she could not support it with a second source.

The story broke when The Sun controversially revealed Her Majesty’s reported views on the EU.

It proved controversial with the Palace denying the claim because tradition has it that the Queen does not publicly interfere in politics or let her views been known.

Lib Dem former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, a leading Remoaner, accused Tory Vote Leave leader Michael Gove of revealing the story.

The Sun stood by its story, saying it had two sources for the claim that the Queen had “let rip” at Mr Clegg about Europe at a lunch at Windsor Castle.

Ms Kuenssberg said that her “jaw hit the floor” when an unnamed contact told her that the Queen had told a private lunch that she could not see why Britain could not simply leave the EU.

The BBC political editor told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “In a casual chat with one of my contacts, they said ‘Do you know what? At some point this is going to come out, and I’m telling you now and I don’t know if the BBC would touch it, but the Queen told people at a private lunch that she thinks that we should leave the EU’.

“Apparently at this lunch she said ‘I don’t see why we can’t just get out. What’s the problem?’

And a row ensued. “My jaw hit the floor. Very sadly, I only had one source. I spent the next few days trying to prove it. I couldn’t find the evidence.

“Lo and behold, a couple of months later, someone else did. Of course then ensued a huge row between that newspaper and the Palace over what had really been said or not said.

“There were lots of moments in the referendum campaign but for me that was one when my jaw did hit the floor. Very frustratingly, the story did eventually emerge, whether it was true or not.”