In 2015, while serving as Mayor of London, Boris Johnson suggested the US’s fascination with Britain’s Royal Family reveals a hidden wish to be reunited with their previous colonial rulers. Risking a diplomatic controversy, the Conservative politician made the tongue-in-cheek remarks during a trip to the US. As US callers kept asking him questions about the monarchy on his weekly LBC Radio show – hosted from New York City – Mr Johnson jokingly said: “What does this show you?
”Deep down, in a primal way, they regret the fundamental schism of 1776 and they wish that we were in a single commonwealth of English-speaking peoples again united under Her Majesty.
“That’s what they secretly want.
“They have been deprived of it too long, that blissful pride that goes with a hereditary monarchy.”
Mr Johnson was also asked when he had last spoken to the monarch, what type of sandwiches were eaten at Buckingham Palace and the names of the Queen’s pet corgis.
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