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David Cameron to Apologize to Queen Over ‘Purring’ Comment

Cameron Caught on Camera Saying Queen 'Purred' Over Scotland Vote 0:43

British Prime Minister David Cameron is to apologize in person to Queen Elizabeth II after he was overheard saying she had "purred" with happiness on hearing that Scots had voted to reject independence, Britain's Sky News reported Thursday. Cameron's comments were picked up by a TV crew on Tuesday during his visit to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

"She purred down the line. I've never heard someone so happy," said Cameron, whose Conservative Party campaigned for Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom. The queen never makes her own political views public and had stayed out of expressing an opinion on the independence debate. The monarch merely said she hoped the country could come together after last week's vote. Media reported that Cameron would apologize to the queen in person at their next regular meeting. "Look, I'm very embarrassed by this. I'm extremely sorry about it," he told reporters in New York.

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- Reuters