Boris Johnson planned to meet the Queen in person days before lockdown despite concerns that Covid was spreading through Downing Street, it has been claimed.
Dominic Cummings alleged he persuaded his then-boss against visiting Her Majesty face-to-face, warning the PM could ‘kill her’ if he unwittingly passed on the virus.
In a fresh attack on the prime minister, No 10’s former top aide alleged during an hour-long BBC interview that Mr Johnson wanted to visit the monarch on March 18.
This was five days before the PM announced the first lockdown and went into intensive care later that month after catching the virus himself.
Mr Cummings told political editor Laura Kuenssberg: ‘I said, “what are you doing?” And he said, “I’m going to see the Queen”, and 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 gonna go and see her”.’
Mr Cummings claimed he warned the prime minister that there were people isolating in Whitehall and there was a possibility the virus had spread through the building.
He alleged: ‘I said to him… “You might have coronavirus, I might have coronavirus, you can’t go and see the Queen”.
‘”What if you go and see her and give the Queen coronavirus? You obviously can’t go.”
‘I just said “if you give her coronavirus and she dies what, what are you gonna… 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”.’
The PM and the Queen began instead speaking on the phone on March 18, as she prepared to isolate herself in ‘HMS Bubble’ with Prince Philip at Windsor Castle.
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