Labor deputy leader Angela Rayner revealed a mysterious memo that passed in the House of Commons on September 8 telling her that the Queen was not feeling well and had to discreetly persuade her boss to leave the room immediately.
Speaking on the News Agents podcast, Ms Rainer said that when Nadim Zahawi handed it to her, and she read its contents, she “read between the lines” right away.
Labor leader Sir Keir was giving his response to the government’s statement on the cost of living crisis when Mr. Zahawi, chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whispered in the prime minister’s ear and handed her a folded paper.
A similar note has been passed to Mrs. Rainer.
You could have sensed something had happened,” said podcaster Jon Sobel.
The Vice Chief had now revealed what that was.
She said, “The note was that queen He was not feeling well and Kerr needed to leave the room as soon as possible to be briefed.
“I read between the lines in that, because you don’t get the message that the Queen is sick if she has a bit of a cough or a cold.”
‘I felt it dangerous’
Her colleague Emily Mitlis asked her, “What’s going on in your head?”
Ashton Under Lane MP continued: “Before this, (the cost of living debate) was the biggest news of the day, so to get a note… she says he needs to leave the room… .. I feel his gravity.”
At that moment, she said, on a personal level, she felt “incredibly depressed” but soon turned to thinking of a way to get the news to Sir Keir without disturbing him too much of what was a “very important” televised address to Parliament.
“I’ve been trying to think of how to get that note to him…..if someone is trying to give you information when you’re in the middle of talking, that’s the most distracting thing, so I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to do it.
“I was kind of waiting for my chance, and then I looked at Mr. Speaker (Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons) and he was giving me a nod to say ‘This is indeed very urgent’, ie don’t. Wait too long.”
You changed everything
After they left the hall, Cabinet Secretary Simon Case explained to both of them what was happening.
At 12/20pm, Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen’s doctors were concerned about her health, as senior members of the royal family travel to Balmoral Castle in Scotland to be with her.
At 6:30 that evening, the palace announced that she had passed away.
Ms Rainer added: “We have all known that the Queen has become very vulnerable and there have been talks about what will happen…
“My family is big royals, and my children’s name is James and Charles,” she added.