Theresa May has put the Queen in a 'difficult position' because she is now amid political furore
Lord Ricketts – the permanent Foreign Office secretary between 2006-2010 – expressed his condemnation towards the Prime Minister and claimed the Queen is in a “very difficult position” because she is now at the centre of a political event.
The 64-year-old cross bencher who sits in the House of Lords said American Presidents are not usually given a state visit within their first presidential year, so this invitation seemed “premature”.
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Lord Ricketts told the Times: “It would have been far wiser to wait to see what sort of President he would turn out to be before advising the Queen to invite him.
“Now the Queen is put in a very difficult position.”
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After he questioned whether Trump was “specially deserving of this exceptional honour”, he urged Mrs May to “move fast” to protect the Queen from further controversy.
Buckingham Palace was said to have been perplexed when Theresa May announced President Trump’s state visit invitation during press conference with the billionaire on Friday, because it seemed part of an intrinsically political move, according to the Times.
Although the Palace is said to have expressed private anxiety yesterday because it was unhappy about the perception that the Queen had been dragged into political issues, sources have said the visit is still going ahead on the recommendation of Mrs May.
Lord Ricketts sternly stressed that while Buckingham Palace acts on ministers’ advice, it is the Government’s duty to protect the Queen from “getting drawn into political controversy”.
Lord Ricketts, left, strongly condemned the Prime Minister for dragging the Queen into politics
On Tuesday morning, Downing Street attempted to the blame of the rushed invitation onto a “little-known Foreign Office committee”, but their attempt was dismissed by Whitehall who made it clear that Downing Street representatives are present.
No.10 later said Mrs May was “very happy” to extend the invitation from the Queen.
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