'I'm sorry you were upset, Ma'am. But there were parts of your Christmas speech we felt it prudent to edit out' So the Queen hosts a private lunch for Privy Counsellors at Windsor Castle in 2011 attended by, among others, Michael Gove and Nick Clegg. During the meal, Her Majesty reportedly told Nick Clegg that she believed the EU was headed in the wrong direction and added "I don’t see why we can’t just get out. What’s the problem?". She had apparently made similar critical remarks about the EU a few years earlier at a reception for MPs held at Buckingham Palace. On 9th March of this year, the Sun newspaper broke the story under the banner headline "Queen Backs Brexit" and quoted unnamed sources revealing the monarch's view as expressed at the Privy Council luncheon. There then began a witch-hunt to find who was responsible for leaking the story and an IPSO investigation prompted by a complaint from the Palace. Five months later Nick Clegg accused Michael Gove in August according an article published by the Independent: "Michael Gove obviously communicated it," Mr Clegg told a BBC documentary on Brexit. "Well I know he did, he gave this to The Sun". This accusation, however, contradicted statements Clegg had made at the time of the Sun's scoop. At that time, Clegg had claimed that said conversation with the Queen did not happen. And, if it did not happen, Gove could not have leaked it. Enter Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC's Political Editor. Over Christmas she revealed that she too had been told of the Queen's remarks at that Privy Council lunch: "In a casual chat with one of my contacts, they said: Do you know what? At some point this is going to come out, and I’m telling you now and I don’t know if the BBC would touch it, but the Queen told people at a private lunch that she thinks that we should leave the EU. Apparently at this lunch she said ‘I don’t see why we can’t just get out. What’s the problem?’ My jaw hit the floor. Very sadly, I only had one source. I spent the next few days trying to prove it. I couldn’t find the evidence. Lo and behold, a couple of months later, someone else did. Of course then ensued a huge row between that newspaper and the Palace over what had really been said or not said." The BBC could not use their story as under its editorial guidelines it needed two independent sources; they only had one. If Clegg has any decency, he will make a fulsome apology to Her Majesty for claiming her conversation never took place - when it clearly had.