The Queen does not approve of same-sex marriage, according to a new report.
Elizabeth II has apparently said that while she is in favor of civil partnerships, her ‘deep-rooted Christian faith’ means she is personally opposed to legislation she signed her name to which allows same-sex couples to marry.
The 89-year-old monarch expressed her discomfort with marriage equality with a close friend, according to the Daily Mail, saying she was powerless to intervene and deny Royal Assent.
‘I said to her, couldn’t she do something about it,’ the friend told the Mail, ‘And she replied: “I can’t. I can only advise and warn.”‘
The friend added: ‘It was the “marriage” thing that she thought was wrong, because marriage ought to be sacrosanct between a man and a woman.’
Same-sex couples in England and Wales were allowed to marry to March 2014, with Scotland following on New Year’s Eve of the same year. Marriage equality is still not the law of the land in Northern Ireland.
The Queen is not allowed to comment on public matters and is considered politically neutral.
However, this is not the first time a report has emerged about her private thoughts on same-sex marriage.
Back in February of 2015, gay broadcaster Stephen Fry claimed she thinks it’s ‘absolutely wonderful’ that gay couples can get married.
Speaking on the Jonathan Ross show, he said: ‘When the Queen signed the Royal Assent for the equal marriages act, allowing gay people to marry for the first time, she put it down and said “Well, who’d have thought 62 years ago when I came to the throne, I’d be signing something like this? Isn’t it wonderful?”’
Fry said he was not sure if the story was true – but said it was ‘well founded.’
Buckingham Palace has declined to comment.
A spokesperson for the Queen said: ‘We do not comment on private conversations.’