Alex Salmond denounces Prince William over ‘foolish’ meeting with Gordon Brown amid independence feud

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Alex Salmond today denounced the Duke of Cambridge over Scottish independence and demanded that the royal stay out of the fray to keep the UK together.

The separatist former Prime Minister of Scotland said it would be “foolish” for Prince William to become embroiled in the spat over the country’s future after meeting Gordon Brown on a recent visit to Scotland.

Mr Brown, the former Prime Minister of Labour, was one of the leaders of the pro-union camp that won the Scottish independence referendum in 2014.

Mr Salmond, who was Prime Minister when the vote on Scotland’s place in the UK took place, accused pro-British leaders of ‘unscrupulous union despair’ by trying to recruit the royal family to campaign for the union.

But his bizarre rant came after William met other politicians during his visit, including his SNP successor Nicola Sturgeon.

The current prime minister is demanding a new referendum after the SNP returned as the largest party in Holyrood in elections three weeks ago.

Mr Salmond, who now heads the fringe Alba party, said: ‘Whatever Prince William thought he was doing by agreeing to a confab with Gordon Brown just as he was setting up his last campaign for the union… meeting, union preparation to try to convince a constitutional monarchy to intervene in a constitutional debate that should be left to the people.’

He added: ‘It would be very wise for the royal family to follow the example of the Queen during her long reign, to keep the monarchy above politics, and it would be foolish to have a situation where it can be said that the monarchy is involved in the Scottish constitutional debate.’

The separatist former prime minister of Scotland said it would be “foolish” for Prince William to become embroiled in the spat over the country’s future after meeting Gordon Brown on a recent visit to Scotland.

Mr Salmond, who was Prime Minister when the vote on Scotland's place in the UK took place, accused pro-British leaders of 'unscrupulous union despair' by trying to recruit the royal family to campaign for the union.

Mr Salmond, who was Prime Minister when the vote on Scotland’s place in the UK took place, accused pro-British leaders of ‘unscrupulous union despair’ by trying to recruit the royal family to campaign for the union.

Mr Brown, the former Prime Minister of Labour, was one of the leaders of the pro-union camp that won the Scottish independence referendum in 2014.

Mr Brown, the former Prime Minister of Labour, was one of the leaders of the pro-union camp that won the Scottish independence referendum in 2014.

Mr Salmond's bizarre rant came after William met other politicians during his visit, including SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who wants a new referendum

Mr Salmond’s bizarre rant came after William met other politicians during his visit, including SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who wants a new referendum

On the last day of their royal tour of Scotland, William and Kate sat for private talks with the former Prime Minister and his wife Sarah at the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh.

The future king later delivered a very personal farewell address as his week-long visit drew to a close, describing how Scotland “shaped” him and praising his people and values.

The debate over Scottish independence has intensified after the Scottish National Party’s landslide victory in the Holyrood elections earlier in May, which also produced the largest pro-independence majority in parliament in the history of devolution.

Boris Johnson has stuck to his pre-election position ever since, saying the focus should be on recovering from Covid-19 and not on another independence referendum.

A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “During his stay in Scotland, Prince William has spoken with a wide range of people from different communities, including politicians from across the political spectrum.”

The Duke sat down for talks with Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon over the weekend and also met Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland, when the Cambridges opened Orkney’s hospital.

But Mr Salmond claimed it was “bad judgment on both sides” for William to meet Mr Brown.

He added: “In 2014, David Cameron made a last-ditch and failed attempt to drag the Queen into politics.

The Brown meeting shows poor judgment on both sides, but the same degree of unscrupulous union desperation. The independence team should take note.’

Given that Holyrood has an independence majority that supports MSPs, Salmond insisted that the case for Scottish independence must now be pursued ‘as a matter of urgency’.

The leader of the Alba party said: ‘It is quite clear that the union forces, formerly David Cameron, and now Gordon Brown, have no qualms about preparing for what is to come in the next referendum campaign.

However, the elections to the Scottish Parliament have left them in a state of disarray. Therefore, the case for Scottish independence must now urgently be pursued.

The Tories at Westminster are amazed that they are not already faced with a renewed constitutional challenge and wonder what the heck is going on.

It would be infinitely better for the independence side to seize the moment and strike when the iron is hot to advance the constitutional issue.

“Alba’s membership continues to rise as we push for the advocacy of Scottish independence with urgency and democratic determination.”

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