Video of British Prime Minister Liz Truss slamming the monarchy as a teenager was revealed this week as the new British leader held her first audience with Queen Elizabeth II – days before the longtime royal’s death.
“I’m not personally against any of them – I’m against the idea that people can be born to rule,” says a young Truss in a clip from the British ITV News.
“That people, because of the family they’re born into, should be able to be the head of state in our country? I think it’s shameful,” she said.
The clip is said to be from 1994, when Truss, 47, would have been in his late teens.
Truss studied at Oxford University, from which she graduated in 1996. While there, she was politically active and served as president of the Oxford University Liberal Democrats.
Following the Queen’s death at the age of 96 on Thursday, Truss took a different tone, calling the longest-reigning monarch in British history “the rock on which modern Britain was built.”
“Through thick and thin, Queen Elizabeth II gave us the stability and strength we needed,” she said outside Downing St. 10 in London. “She was the very spirit of Britain – and that spirit will live on.”
“God save the king,” she added.
Truss, a former foreign secretary, was chosen by her ruling right-wing Conservative Party on Monday to be Britain’s third female prime minister, replacing scandal-plagued Boris Johnson.
She was formally appointed by the Queen during a Tuesday ceremony at the monarch’s Balmoral estate in Scotland.
With Post wires