Gavin Williamson plots to recruit the Royal Family to make his case for higher ...

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is locked in a battle with Theresa May over defence spending

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is locked in a battle with Theresa May over defence spending

Gavin Williamson is set to try and recruit the Royal Family in his battle to secure higher funding for the military it was claimed today.

The Defence Secretary has been in a running battle with Downing Street and the Treasury as he demands an extra £20billion a year for the Ministry of Defence.

After being rebuffed by Prime Minister Theresa May - who challenged him to justify Britain remaining as a 'tier one' military power - Mr Williamson is said to have sought new ways to influence policy.

Senior MOD sources told the Sunday Times the Queen was one of few people who could change the PM's mind - with Prince Charles and Prince Harry the best way to recruit the Monarch.

The audacious scheme will further anger critics of Mr Williamson who believe he is too aggressive in pursuit of changing Government policy and his own ambition.   

MoD sources told the Sunday Times the royal family could be influential in the debate despite their need to remain politically neutral at all times.

'The Prime Minister needs to recognise that our standing on the international stage is linked to our national identity, which is linked to our strong defence,' a senior source told the paper.

'The strategy has to be to get to people who have access to the PM. Ask yourself who has access and influence. Her husband is one, the Queen would be another.

'There needs to be a drumbeat of logical, determined, passionate, measured voices that are making the case.

Senior MOD sources claim the Queen (seen at Ascot last week) is one of few people who could change the PM's mind - with Prince Charles and Prince Harry the best way to recruit the Monarch

Senior MOD sources claim the Queen

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