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The Queen “dislikes” being dragged into politics and “may be well be troubled” by Boris Johnson’s shock move to shut down Parliament , a royal expert has claimed. 

The Prime Minister asked her to suspend Parliament just weeks before the Brexit deadline, which she had no choice but to agree to under the constitution.

Royal expert Ingrid Seward, editor in chief of Majesty magazine, believes the Queen may not be happy about what she was forced to do , but knows she has to be above politics.

She said: “Her Majesty is in an uncomfortable position. As Head of State she acts for the Government of the day. That is her job.

“The constitution is working exactly as it should.

“It is not a crisis as many people have said, but it is a very difficult chapter in the history of the constitution which was set by statue as a Bill of Rights in 1689.

“Having reigned for over 70 years, Her Majesty is sensitive to the wishes of her people and knows over this issue the nation is seriously divided. 

“She may not be happy and she may well be troubled by the latest turn of events. But she is above politics and always has been.

“Those close to Her Majesty say how much she dislikes being dragged into a potentially political minefield. 

“She has spent her time as Queen avoiding doing so.

“She is not about to start now and, whatever her personal feelings, she will not mention them. 

“When Boris Johnson travels to Balmoral next month, if indeed he goes, she will not even mention them to him. 

“That is always the way she has dealt with politically sensitive issues, and in these troubled times she will be extremely cautious.

“She has no choice.”

Mr Johnson called the Queen yesterday morning and she then had a visit at Balmoral from three ministers – Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg , Lords Leader Baroness Natalie Evans and Chief Whip Mark Spencer.

She would have taken advice from her advisors before granting Johnson’s request.

Ms Seward said: “She acts on the advice of her Private Secretary in conjunction with Downing Street.

“And no doubt the wires have been burning between Downing Street and Balmoral.

“But there is no question that she can allow any personal preferences or feelings to come between herself and her Government. She is there to advise not make the decisions.

“In this case the Queen will have been taken the advice and would have been given all that was considered necessary. Members of her Privy Council travelled to Scotland to get her assent for Parliament to be suspended.

“She would have had no choice but to agree.”

The Queen’s next role will be to give the Queen’s Speech to Parliament, however she does not write it. It is written by the Prime Minister’s team, and she simply just has to read it out.

Johnson has been criticised for “dragging” the Queen into the row.

Former Foreign Secretary and Labour MP Dame Margaret Beckett accused him of “trashing the constitution”, saying it was “disgraceful” he had involved the Queen in the row.

Senior Labour MP Yvette Cooper, who chairs the Home Affairs Select Committee, said Mr Johnson was “trying to use the Queen to concentrate power in his own hands” while fellow ex-Cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw said the move would “drag the monarch into an unprecedented constitutional crisis”.

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