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Queen's 'fury that PM May misled her'

By Chris Baynes

Buckingham Palace was infuriated with Theresa May after she misled the Queen about the progress of negotiations as she sought to form a government, it has been reported.

Tensions are said to have arisen between senior courtiers and Downing Street after the Prime Minister said she had secured the support of the DUP, only for it to take another 17 days before a deal was finalised, the Sunday Times reported.

The palace grew increasingly frustrated at Mrs May's "lack of courtesy" as the delay meant the State opening of Parliament disrupted plans for Royal Ascot, a royal source said.

A Conservative adviser said Mrs May had inadvertently misled the Queen because her chief whip Gavin Williamson "thought he had assurances he didn't have" from the DUP.

The palace was further irritated by Mrs May breaching protocol as she announced her intention to form a government on the steps of Downing Street.

A Tory peer told the newspaper: "She said, 'I've formed a government', not 'The Queen has asked me to form a government'. The palace was alarmed by her formulation of words."

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