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‘Sod this’: Boris Johnson ‘had to be talked out of’ personal contact with the Queen during pandemic

London: Boris Johnson had to be talked out of going to see the Queen in person at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, despite the risk of passing on the deadly disease, his former aide says.

The Prime Minister’s former aide, Dominic Cummings, told the BBC that Johnson had been planning to see the Queen in person at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, when staff in No. 10 were already falling ill and the PM had instructed the public to avoid all unnecessary contact, especially with the elderly.

The Queen greets Prime Minister Boris Johnson in June at their first in-person weekly meeting since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Queen greets Prime Minister Boris Johnson in June at their first in-person weekly meeting since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.Credit:Getty Images

Cummings said: “I said, ‘What are you doing?’, and he said, ‘I’m going to see the Queen’.

“I said, ‘What on earth are you talking about, of course you can’t go and see the Queen’.

“He said, ‘Ah, that’s what I do every Wednesday, sod this, I’m going to go and see her’.”

Cummings said he told Johnson: “If you give her coronavirus and she dies what, what are you going to… you can’t do that, you can’t risk that, that’s completely insane.

“And he said, he basically just hadn’t thought it through, he said, yeah, ‘Holy s—, I can’t go’.”

Johnson later tested positive to COVID-19 and was forced into intensive care for treatment.

Downing Street denied that this incident took place. Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

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