Queen calls Matt Hancock ‘poor man’ at meeting with Boris Johnson

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The Queen referred to the UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock as a "poor man" during a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In her first in-person weekly audience with Boris in fifteen months on Wednesday, the 95 year old appeared to address Matt's woes and hardships over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Very nice to see you again," the Queen told the 57 year old, who in return said: "Lovely to see you again, it's been fifteen months.

"It's the most extraordinary, isn't it," the Queen responded before adding: "I've just been talking to your secretary of state for health, poor man. He came for Privy Council.

"He's full of…", she continued, before Boris ended her sentence with: "Full of beans?".

The Queen revealed that Matt had informed her that "things were getting better" when it came to the pandemic in the UK.

The royal's comments come after Boris labelled Matt "hopeless" in messages revealed by PM's former adviser Dominic Cummings.

Meanwhile, audiences with the Queen are entirely private; however the palace has released photos of their meeting, which shows the room filled with family portraits, including an unseen picture of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle along with Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The Royal Family Twitter account penned: "Today The Queen received the Prime Minister at Buckingham Palace. This is the first of their weekly Audiences to take place in person since the pandemic began.

"Her Majesty has held a weekly Audience with her Prime Minister throughout her reign."

It has been a particularly tough year for the Queen, whose husband Prince Philip passed away on April 9, aged 99.

Last week, she marked the first Father's Day without him in a heartfelt tribute on The Royal Family Instagram page.

In a sweet throwback post shared on social media on Sunday 20 June, the Queen was pictured alongside her father, King George VI, her late husband, Philip, as well as their young son, Prince Charles.

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