Boris and Carrie Johnson are due to celebrate their wedding this weekend which until recently was due to take place at the Prime Minister’s country house, Checkers. But following Mr Johnson’s resignation, the couple – who married in a low-key ceremony in 2021 – are now expected to use another venue. However, details of the controversial beginnings of their relationship emerged during the build-up to their celebration.
It is widely reported that Carrie – then Symonds – and Boris embarked on an affair in 2018 when she was the Conservative Party’s communications chief and Foreign Secretary under Theresa May.
Details of Carrie, 34, and Boris, 58, found in a ‘compromising situation’ with the ‘door unlocked’ in 2018 first emerged earlier this year.
The anonymous claim was revealed in a biography of Carrie’s life – “First Lady: Intrigue at the Court of Carrie and Boris Johnson” – written by Lord Michael Ashcroft.
Carrie has since dismissed the book as mere “regurgitated lies”.
A senior source told the Independent: “Conor met with them. He saw two people sitting down having a glass of wine. [one] may have concluded where the relationship was heading. He didn’t interrupt anything. It was a case of ‘why are they having a drink?’…
“After Conor saw them together in his office, Boris’s staff knew it could be dangerous if the wrong people found out. They decided his private life was his own business but stopped him from doing it to her. [Carrie] his chief of staff, as it would have increased his exposure.
Later that year, in September 2018, Boris and his 25-year-old wife Marina Wheeler released a statement that they were divorcing but had separated “several months” prior.
The Prime Minister married Ms Wheeler in 1993 – the same year his six-year marriage to his first wife, Allegra Mostyn-Owen, ended – and the couple had four children.
But his alleged affair with Carrie is not the first time Boris has been claimed to have cheated on Mrs Wheeler.
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Between 2000 and 2004 – when he was MP and editor of The Spectator – had an alleged affair with journalist and colleague Petronella Wyatt with the Mail on Sunday reporting that Ms Wyatt had had an abortion.
Mr Johnson was later sacked from his dual roles as vice-president and shadow arts minister by then Conservative Party leader Lord Michael Howard.
Lord Howard, speaking on the BBC’s ‘Boris’ podcast this year, said: ‘I sacked him and I’m not entirely sure I should have because it concerned his private life and I think that maybe I should have said is a private matter and it has to do with his private life.
Carrie and Boris were first romantically linked in the public eye in early 2019, shortly before Boris became Prime Minister and Carrie the first girlfriend to move into No 10.
Carrie gave birth to their first child, Wilfred, in 2020 and daughter Romy the following year – the same year the couple married at Westminster Cathedral.