The issue of holding another referendum on Scottish independence has been pushed back to the top of the agenda by the SNP in recent weeks. A new public vote – often known as Indyref2 – would follow the 2014 referendum in which Scots rejected independence. The SNP have been discussing the roadmap to independence at their annual conference, which ends tomorrow.
Held virtually this year because of COVID-19, the conference aims to gather support among delegates for a renewed independence push.
Ahead of the conference, SNP leader and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out her administration’s programme for the year.
In it, she said the “democratic mandate to allow people to decide the country’s future is beyond question”.
Boris Johnson’s UK Government remains firmly opposed to the idea and the Prime Minister has criticised Ms Sturgeon for pursuing independence during the pandemic.
Another group of people also concerned about the potential break-up of the UK are the Royal Family, according to one royal expert.
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Though the Firm traditionally steer clear of political matters, according to Russell Myers, fears of an independent Scotland have grown among senior royals.
The Daily Mirror royal editor made the unearthed claim in July on an episode of “Pod Save the Queen”, a podcast hosted by Ann Gripper.
Mr Myers explained that he had heard “quite a bit being discussed” about concerns among the royals over independence, and he suggested some members of the Firm may be conducting their own charm offensives north of the border.
He said: “The Queen’s senior royals do have quite an issue with the unionist – or the breaking up of the Union – issue that is ongoing in Scotland at the moment.
“Certain pieces written recently that the royals thought that the politicians were ‘losing Scotland’.
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“Certainly, conversations I’ve had following that are yes that they think William and Kate could be a real force for good north of the border.”
The royal couple have “quite an affiliation to Scotland”, according to the journalist.
He added: “William spoke very, very candidly and passionately about how he was at Balmoral when he found out of his tragic mother’s death.
“He found the love of his life at St Andrew’s University and certainly they have a huge respect and affiliation for Scotland and a huge love of the country.
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“So, I do think they will be spending more time there.”
Mr Myers went on to say that he hadn’t been surprised that William accompanied his grandmother, the Queen, to Scotland on a visit in June.
The pair travelled north of the border for the annual Royal Week, also known as Holyrood Week.
The fixture, which is a celebration of Scottish culture, was cancelled last year due to COVID-19.
This year’s Holyrood Week saw William and the Queen visit Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling.
They were also given a tour of soft manufacturer AG Barr’s factory, where its world famous Irn-Bru beverage is made.
Mr Myers added: “When the Queen goes up to Scotland it was no surprise that the first person to accompany her was her grandson Prince William.
“Because I think they are enjoying quite a bit of popularity at the moment, and it was sort of a masterstroke to bring William up.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK