Can you see Queen Elizabeth purring? Not many can visualize the very stoic Queen of England purring like a cat, but apparently David Cameron thought he did for a fleeting moment. Didn’t anyone tell Cameron that you have to watch yourself around those live microphones?
After making a comment that the Queen “purred” when she was told that votes were tallied and Scotland stays as part of the U.K., he immediately knew it was the wrong choice of words especially since it was caught on a live microphone. By then it was too late, the cat was out of the bag.
Because of his “purred” comment heard around the world, the British Prime Minister is “kicking himself” today, reports MSN News on Sept. 28. He apologized on Sunday for describing the Queen’s reaction to the vote, which should have been kept as a private affair between Cameron and the Queen. Apparently the Queen called him and the two shared a private chat.
It wasn’t bad enough that he revealed the Queen’s relief, but to add insult to injury he compared her to a cat by saying she “purred.” Cameron was caught on a live microphone telling the Michael Bloomberg, New York City’s former mayor, that the Queen “purred down the line” to him, reports The Travelers Today.
He was referring to his private conversation with the Queen about the outcome of the Sept. 18 referendum in which the Scotts voted to reject independence for their country. It wasn’t a secret that the Queen would be pleased, but saying she “purred” somehow conjures up thoughts of the cat just getting the canary. It lives you with visions of the Cheshire Cat’s grin in your mind!
Cameron said during an interview on the BBC Television station, “It’s one of those moments where you look back and kick yourself very hard.” He described his chat with Bloomberg saying “it was not a conversation I should have had, even though it was a private conversation.” He said he is “extremely sorry” and “very embarrassed” about it.
The Prime Minister said “I made my apologies and I think I’ll probably be making some more.” The Queen is a very private person and there’s no doubt what she said to the Prime Minister in that phone call she expected to stay just between the two of them. Chances are she didn’t expect to be referred to as a woman who “purred”, much like a cat would.
When Cameron said the Queen “purred” he didn’t know he was being taped, but describing the Queen’s reaction as she “purred” may sound disrespectful. Is this really how he thinks about the Queen? More than likely this is part of his worry today. Making this flippant remark wasn’t his finest hour.