Downing Street issues apology to Buckingham Palace for holding two parties 'at a time of national mourning'

Boris Johnson has not made the apology in person for the parties which took place following the death of Prince Philip


No 10 has apologised to Buckingham Palace for two parties held “at time of national mourning” following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said Downing Street had said sorry to the Palace following the reports.

The spokesman said: “It is deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning and No 10 has apologised to the Palace.

“You heard from the PM this week, he’s recognised No 10 should be held to the highest standards and take responsibility for things we did not get right.”

Asked why No 10 had apologised rather than Boris Johnson himself, the spokesman said: “Well, again, the Prime Minister said earlier misjudgments have been made and it’s right people apologise, as the PM did earlier this week.

“It remains the case that I can’t prejudge the inquiry, which you know is ongoing, which has been led by Sue Gray, but we acknowledge the significant public anger, it was regrettable this took place a time of national mourning.”

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