REVEALED: How Queen Mother was ‘MORTIFIED’ with Cherie Blair after Princess Diana‘s death

and Cherie Blair were thrust into the royal limelight after ‘s death in 1997 – just months after the Labour leader was elected Prime Minister. In 2016 biography “Tony Blair: Broken Vows”, author Tom Bower revealed that Cherie Blair “was often accused of snubbing the royal family or behaving inappropriately around them”. The author adds that “although she found the easy to talk to, she struggled to connect with the rest of the family”.

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“From the very beginning Cherie did not endear herself to the royal family,” biographer Paul Scott writes.

Mr Scott describes in his book “Tony & Cherie” how during a Sunday lunch at Balmoral shortly after the death of Princess Diana, the Queen Mother was said to be “mortified” by the former Prime Minister’s wife’s choice of trousers for the occasion.

The 2005 biography also claims the Queen Mother was “upset by Mrs Blair’s refusal to dip her knee to the Monarch”.

Mr Scott wrote: “The Queen was annoyed by what she considered the hectoring legalist tone of Mrs Blair when she engaged her in conversation.”

How Queen Mother was ‘MORTIFIED’ with Cherie Blair after Diana‘s death (Image: Getty)

Tony and Cherie Blair were thrust into the royal limelight after Princess Diana‘s death in 1997 (Image: Getty)

The book suggests there was “already suspicion of the Blairs from senior royals and their courtiers”.

Mr Scott claims: “The royal family were naturally predisposed to be wary of any Labour government.

“There was also deep hostility among senior members of the royal family about how, as they saw it, the Queen had been railroaded into giving way in the days after Diana’s death by Blair and his ‘henchmen.‘”

Mrs Blair‘s rift with the royals could have started when she met Princess Anne in 1997.

Mr Scott described how Mrs Blair suggested she [Princess Anne] call her “Cherie”, but Princess Anne allegedly replied: “Actually, let‘s not go that way. Let‘s stick to Mrs Blair, shall we?”

Tony Scott said: “There was “already suspicion of the Blairs from senior royals and their courtiers” (Image: Getty)

Tom Bower said: “”Cherie Blair was often accused of snubbing the royal family” (Image: Getty)

Alistair Campbell, Mr Blair‘s former spin doctor, wrote in his 2007 book “The Blair Years: Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries” that the Queen’s chilliness towards Mrs Blair dated from her first Balmoral visit.

Mr Campbell wrote: “Cherie said she had asked the Queen if the story of Queen Victoria having an affair with John Brown was true. She said it got a bit frosty after that.”

Paul Scott concludes that “Mrs Blair could be forgiven if her attitude was less than convivial”.