The former PM had said he was “not asking for anything that would be in any way improper or unconstitutional,” during the BBC documentary marking the publication of his memoir “For the Record.”
“But just a raising of the eyebrow, even you know a quarter of an inch, we thought would make a difference,” Cameron said.
And that appears to be what the Queen did. Days before the vote, she said she hoped people would “think very carefully about the future,” in what was seen as a warning to Scots considering voting to leave the union.
The comment, made to a well-wisher while leaving a church service near her Scottish holiday residence Balmoral, was splashed across British newspapers at the same time polls were predicting a nail-bitingly close result.
And it certainly didn’t hurt the No campaign — which ultimately won the referendum to keep Scotland inside the Union.
When quizzed about the incident on the BBC’s Today program on Thursday, Cameron appeared sheepish as he said: “I don’t want to say anything more about this.
“I’m sure some people would think it may possibly even be that I have already said perhaps a little bit too much.”
The BBC reported later on Thursday that an unnamed source at Buckingham Palace said that “it serves no one’s interests” for such communication between a prime minister and the monarch to be revealed publicly. “It makes it very hard for the relationship to thrive,” the source added.
It wouldn’t be the first time Cameron has revealed details about his relationship with Her Majesty.
A few weeks after the Scottish referendum he suggested the Queen “purred down the phone” when she was told about the result. Cameron later said he was “embarrassed” and “extremely sorry for” those remarks.
Cameron again told the Today program Thursday the comments were a “terrible mistake” and he had apologized to the Queen.
‘Sorry’ but no regrets on EU referendum
Cameron became prime minister in 2010 but stepped down six years later after calling for a referendum on the UK leaving the European Union — which resulted in a shock defeat of his campaign to Remain.
He told the Today program he “hated” giving the impression he was running away but that as a Remain campaigner he had “lacked the credibility” a British PM needed to deliver Brexit.
He added that he “thinks about the fact that we lost and the consequences and the things that could have been done differently, and I worry desperately about what is going to happen next.”
Since the country voted to exit the bloc three years ago, its parliament has been thrown into turmoil, unable to agree on what — if any — withdrawal deal would look like.