'Queen' scribe calls Tony Blair a plagiarist

But ex-PM claims never to have seen the film

LONDON -- Screenwriter Peter Morgan, Oscar nominated for his script "The Queen," has suggested former British prime minister Tony Blair's recently published memoirs, "A Journey: My Political Life," may be based on his script.

Morgan penned a scene depicting Blair meeting the Queen in the aftermath of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, where Helen Mirren, playing Queen Elizabeth, tells Michael Sheen as Blair: "You are my 10th prime minister, Mr. Blair. My first was Winston Churchill."

In his memoirs, Blair writes: "You are my 10th prime minister. The first was Winston. That was before you were born."

Amid all the publicity surrounding the recently published memoir, Morgan told The Daily Telegraph here that his script was entirely fictional, based on his imagination.

"There are three possibilities. The first is I guessed absolutely perfectly, which is highly unlikely; the second is Blair decided to endorse what I imagined as the official line; and the third is that he had one gin and tonic too many and confused the scene in the film with what had actually happened, and this I find amusing because he always insisted he had never even seen it," Morgan is reported as saying.

Blair has always maintained he has not seen Morgan's movie.

It's causing a furor, not least because it's considered down right rude for prime ministers to reveal anything about their encounters with the Royals. Real or imagined.
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