NICOLA Sturgeon said the revelation David Cameron asked the Queen to intervene during the independence campaign shows the "panic that was in the heart of the UK Government".

The First Minister said she thinks the comments, revealed in the former Prime Minister's memoirs, "say more about him than they do about anybody else".

She suggested unionist parties are now even more scared of independence.

Following Cameron's claim he asked the Queen to "raise an eyebrow" during the 2014 campaign, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie asked Sturgeon whether she trusted the monarch not to get involved in a future independence referendum.

Harvie, who is in favour of Scottish independence, claimed the UK Government has "treated devolution with utter contempt" since the vote.

He said: "Another referendum is coming, we all know that.

"Does the FM think that we can trust that the head of state won't be invited to interfere with the vote of the sovereign people?"

Sturgeon responded: "I think the revelations - if I can call them that - from David Cameron today say more about him than they do about anybody else, and really demonstrate the panic that was in the heart of the UK Government in the run up to the independence referendum five years ago.

"Of course, that is nothing compared to the panic that is in the hearts of the unionist parties now about independence.

"They are progressively, one by one, making themselves look utterly ridiculous.

"They are reduced to trying to block Scotland's democratic right to choose or rig Scotland's democratic right to chose.

"All because they know that they do not have the arguments against independence and they know that when Scotland is given the right to chose, Scotland this time will choose to become an independent country."