Buckingham Palace has complained to press watchdog IPSO over the frontpage of today’s Sun which exclaimed “QUEEN BACKS BREXIT”
The front page story quoted two anonymous sources, one of which said: “The people are left in no doubt about the Queen’s views on Europe.”
However, Buckingham Palace has hit back this afternoon, insisting the Queen remains “politically neutral.”
The Sun says it stands by the story.
The Palace’s press office said: “We can confirm that we have written to the chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation to register a complaint about the front-page story in today’s Sun newspaper. The complaint relates to clause one of the editors’ code of practice.”
Furthermore, the former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who is at the centre of the storm took to twitter to say: “This is nonsense. I’ve no recollection of this happening & its not the sort of thing I would forget.”
The incident, which was cited by an anonymous source, refers to a 2011 lunch between Her Majesty and Mr Clegg at Windsor Castle.
The Sun quotes what it described as a “senior and reliable source” on Page 2 of today’s paper: “People who heard their conversation were left in no doubt at all about the Queen’s views on European integration. It was really something, and it went on for quite a while. The EU is clearly something Her Majesty feels passionately about.”
In a statement, the Sun said: “The Sun stands by its story, which was based upon two impeccable sources and presented in a robust, accessible fashion. The Sun will defend this complaint vigorously.”
The story comes at a sensitive time. As the European Union referendum on 23rd June comes ever closer, polls show that the Remain campaign has a small lead over the Leave campaign.
It is likely that every high profile statement made on the EU referendum will face scrutiny in the coming months as voters struggle to make up their minds.
Sub editor Pete Adams