The Prime Minister has spoken out today over the two parties which were held in Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral.
Boris Johnson told Sky News’ Beth Rigby that he “deeply and bitterly” regrets that these parties took place on the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
Johnson was clearly and visibly apologetic as he told Rigby, “I deeply and bitterly regret that that happened and I can only renew my apologises both to Her Majesty and to the country for misjudgements that were made and for which I take full responsibility.”
Rigby asked Johnson if he can recover from this situation, he said, “I understand people’s feelings and I understand why people feel and strongly as they do about this issue and I repeat my apologise for what happened.
“I am heartily heartily sorry for misjudgements that were made in Number 10.”
Johnson said, “If I had my time again, I would not have allowed things to develop in that way.
“Yes, when I went out into that garden (20 May 2020) I should probably have told people, I should have looked around and said ‘well we’ve got to go back indoors’ or ‘this isn’t the right way to do things’, and I apologise for that but I hope people will understand the circumstances we were operating in.”
He continued, “But I want to begin by repeating my apologies to everybody for any misjudgement that I made, that we may have made in Number 10 and beyond whether in Downing Street or throughout the pandemic.”