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David Cameron 'Purring' Queen Comment Gets a Royal Apology

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By    |   Monday, 29 Sep 2014 10:43 AM

British Prime Minister David Cameron found himself apologizing for saying that Queen Elizabeth was purring about the Scotland "no" vote on independence last week.

Live microphones caught Cameron making the comments to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg while in the United States last week when the United Nations was in session, according to the BBC News.

"'The definition of relief is being the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and ringing the Queen and saying 'It's alright, it's okay,'" Cameron told Bloomberg as they walked together down a hallway, according to a video shown by the BBC News. "That was something ... She purred down the line ... But it should never have been that close. It wasn't in the end."

Back home, Cameron has since been playing damage control, apologizing for his comments, though declining to confirm what was actually said between him and the royal family, according to the Daily Mail.

"Look, I'm very embarrassed by this," Cameron told the Daily Mail. "I'm extremely sorry about it. It was a private conversation, but clearly a private conversation that I shouldn't have had and won't have again. My office has already been in touch with the palace to make that clear and I will do so as well."

Andrew Smith, a teaching fellow of modern history at the University College London, told the Daily Mail that no one doubted Queen Elizabeth didn't have a preference in the outcome of the Scotland independence election, and Cameron's boasting of it certainly rubbed salt in the wounds of opponents.

"While it doesn't seem unnatural for the Queen to have an opinion … it was a particularly sensitive phone call telling her that her kingdom was intact," Smith said to the Daily Mail. "It does seem like Cameron has been terribly indiscreet, as if he was playing up [to] the bigger boys.

"It was very naive not to think there was a chance of the conversation being picked up … given his choice of language, the [description of her] purring and the fact that there is an important constitutional convention here, I have to say it will be the most awkward phone call of his political career," Smith added.

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