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THE British Queen Mother has been branded a "ghastly old bigot" by one of the BBC's most respected presenters.

Edward Stourton, who hosts Radio 4's Today programme, claimed she made "nasty"

comments to him during a private conversation in the early 1990s.

In a new book about political correctness, Mr Stourton revealed that when he told her he was back from a European summit she said: "It will never work, you know . . . It will never work with all those huns, wops and dagos."

He wrote: "The Nation's favourite grandmother was, I thought, a ghastly old bigot, a prey to precisely the kind of prejudice which had driven the conflicts the European project was designed to prevent. I thought what she had said was nasty and ugly."

The journalist, whose son Ivo was a schoolfriend of Prince William, insisted his comments were not meant to be harsh on the Queen Mum who died in 2002.


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 10, 2008
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