The Queen invited the new Tory leader to become Prime Minister during an audience at Buckingham Palace this afternoon. But Mr Johnson broke royal protocol when he went on to share what Her Majesty said to him when they met, Euronews and NBC News journalist Vincent McAviney claimed.
The reporter tweeted that Mr Johnson said the Queen told him: “I don’t know why anyone would want the job [of Prime Minister].”
McAviney added: “The PM revealed it during a tour in Number 10 before being told off by staff not to repeat those things so loudly.”
Mr Johnson was appointed following Theresa May’s resignation on Wednesday.
In a statement Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen received in Audience The Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP this afternoon and requested him to form a new Administration.
“Mr Johnson accepted Her Majesty’s offer and kissed hands upon his appointment as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.”
Following his meeting with the Queen, the new Prime Minister delivered a rousing speech outside 10 Downing Street.
He said: “I pay tribute to the fortitude and patience of my predecessor and her deep sense of public service, but in spite of all her efforts, it has become clear that there are pessimists at home and abroad who think after three years of indecision that this country has become a prisoner to the old arguments of 2016 and in this home of democracy we are incapable of honouring a democratic mandate.
“And so I am standing before you today, to tell you the British people, that those critics are wrong – the doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters are going to get it wrong again.
“The people who bet against Britain are going to lose their shirts because we are going to restore trust in our democracy.
“And we are going to fulfil the repeated promises of Parliament to the people and come out of the EU on October 31 no ifs or buts.
“And we will do a new deal, a better deal that will maximise the opportunities of Brexit while allowing us to develop a new and exciting partnership with the rest of Europe based on free trade and mutual support.
“I have every confidence that in 99 days time we will have cracked it.
“But you know what we aren’t going to wait 99 days because the British people have had enough of waiting.
“The time has come to act, to take decisions to give strong leadership and to change this country for the better.”