The awkward Liz Truss and King Charles exchange ideas on camera

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King Charles and Liz Truss shared a rather awkward moment during a meeting yesterday.

After another brutal day for the Prime Minister, she might have hoped for a warmer welcome when she arrived at Buckingham Palace.

But cameras captured an exchange in front of an audience in which the monarch didn’t sound overly enthusiastic about welcoming back the prime minister.

Mrs Truss entered the room and curtseyed while greeting the King as “Your Majesty”.

A smiling Charles replied, “Back again? dear oh dear However.’

The Prime Minister was heard saying, “It gives me great pleasure,” before Charles pointed to the cameras and appeared to say he doesn’t know how long they’ll be staying in the room.

British monarchs are expected to remain strictly politically neutral at all times, so the exchange will raise eyebrows even if it was completely benign.

The relationship between the pair, who were both pushed into new positions within days, was reportedly strained earlier this month.

King Charles III meets Prime Minister Liz Truss during her weekly audience at Buckingham Palace in London. Picture date: Wednesday October 12, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL King. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

It is customary for the monarch and prime minister to meet once a week and discuss matters of state (Image: PA)

Charles is said to have been “disappointed” that he was not given the green light to attend the Cop27 climate conference in Egypt, despite a long history of speaking out on environmental issues.

The Sunday Times reported that an unnamed source close to the King said: “The Queen made a totally non-political speech at Cop last year. . it sounds like he has no choice.

“This is a misjudgment by the government.

“The king could absolutely go and get the message across to the government and give it credibility given all the standing he has in this arena.

“It’s disappointing when people don’t think he could do it, of course he could. He delivered the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament and rattled off many policies that went against his personal beliefs.

On Wednesday, Ms Truss also caused laughter in the House of Commons during the Prime Minister’s Questions after repeatedly beginning a sentence with “I’m really unclear”.

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She was later reportedly given a hostile reception at a private meeting of Conservative MPs, where a respected backbench accused her of tarnishing the party’s reputation with working-class voters.

After a little over a month in office, talk of plans to overthrow the prime minister to reverse a collapse in the party’s standing with voters is already mounting.

MPs are spooked yesterday by a poll showing they are headed for an obliteration in traditional Tory heartland.

Boris Johnson, Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Dominic Raab could all lose their seats due to current poll trends.

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Justin Scacco

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