BBC apologizes for breach of queen’s trust
The BBC has issued an apology for comments made that aired the personal beliefs of the Queen. The remarks were made by Queen Elizabeth II to Frank Gardner, a BBC reporter, who then repeated them to a live audience, necessitating the quick apology, reports the Washington Post.
The repetition of the queen’s comments is a problem because it broke the ongoing trust the royal family has with the BBC, since the queen never gives interviews or press conferences.
The comments made about Abu Hamza al-Masri, a radical Muslim cleric who remains free, were made during what the queen expected to be a private conversation with Gardner.
Some critics are saying the queen actually went to far by making any comment, public or private, about an issue that could affect national security.
In England the queen is a “constitutional monarch,” meaning she is its ceremonial head but has no input in the actual making of laws and regulations; therefore, her expression of opinions on matters of national security is actually quite rare.