Meetings between the monarch and the prime minister remain a closely-guarded secret. This means that anything that is caught on camera when King Charles and Liz Truss meet is watched closely – and the King’s choice of greeting to the PM when he hosted her at Buckingham Palace last night was, err, particularly interesting.
King Charles muttered ‘Dear oh dear’ as he met the PM late last night. In a video clip released by the Palace, taken at the beginning of their weekly audience, the PM is heard to say: ‘Your Majesty, great to see you again.’
Charles, smiling, replies: ‘Back again? Dear oh dear.’
Truss adds: ‘Well, it’s a great pleasure.’
Of course, this could just be a flippant remark based on the fact the pair had only recently seen each other.
But with the PM facing big troubles of her own, Charles’s comment is, at the very least, open to a wider interpretation.