Gavin Williamson is set to step up his campaign for a defence budget boost as military grandees urge members of the Royal family to join the push, it has been reported.
A plan has been drawn up for serving and retired officers to lobby Prince Charles and Prince Harry to help get the Queen on board in a bid to sway the Prime Minister, according to the Sunday Times.
Defence Secretary Mr Williamson has been fighting Number 10 and the Treasury for a big cash boost to the UK military budget.
But he was said to have been left stunned at a private meeting with Mrs May when she questioned whether the UK should still be a top flight “tier one” military power.
The row escalated last week when Mr Williamson was said to have threatened to topple the PM, telling military chiefs: “I made her – I can break her.”
Top 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.