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Dave and I went through a rough patch after we left Num­ber 10, re­veals Sam Cam

- By Alex Ward

DAVID and Sa­man­tha Cameron hit a rough patch in their mar­riage after they left Down­ing Street, she has re­vealed.

Work sched­ules and the pres­sures of par­ent­hood meant they weren’t ‘get­ting on very well’ after the Tory leader’s res­ig­na­tion fol­low­ing the 2016 Brexit ref­er­en­dum.

But a three-day trip to New York without their three chil­dren al­lowed them to spend time to­gether as a cou­ple and put them ‘back on track again’, she said. It helped re­lieve the pres­sure which had built up on their re­la­tion­ship. In a rare in­ter­view, Mrs

‘Not get­ting on very well’

Cameron said it was the only time in 24 years of mar­riage that the re­la­tion­ship had come un­der strain.

‘When [David] was trav­el­ling a lot, about a year after he left Down­ing Street, and I was work­ing re­ally hard on my busi­ness and it was one of the few times in our mar­riage when I just thought, “I’m just not sure we are get­ting on very well, this is re­ally weird”,’ she told the Happy Mum, Happy Baby pod­cast.

‘And ac­tu­ally we just went away for three days to­gether, away from the chil­dren. We’re not very good at go­ing away with each other but we did go to New York for three days.

‘I have to say, we came back and it was amaz­ing how a few days on your own some­where else, you know go­ing round art gal­leries and restau­rants that had noth­ing to do with chil­dren put us straight back on track again. So now I look for­ward to that time when we can spend more time to­gether trav­el­ling or go­ing to restau­rants.’

Since the fam­ily left Down­ing Street in 2016 Mrs Cameron, 49, has launched the women’s fash­ion line Cefinn, which caters to ‘mul­ti­task­ing ur­ban women’.

She ad­mit­ted work­ing hard to ex­pand her busi­ness meant she was re­quired to make sac­ri­fices. ‘I think you can’t when you’re work­ing – you have to choose be­tween work and other stuff and your chil­dren,’ she said.

‘So you can’t do ev­ery­thing you can’t kind of work and have a so­cial life and go off on hol­i­day with your hus­band on your own and be a par­ent. I choose to work and be a par­ent, and not the other stuff.’

The hour-long episode of the pod­cast, which was recorded dur­ing the coro­n­avirus lock­down ear­lier this year, fo­cused on Mrs Cameron’s ex­pe­ri­ences as a mother and what she had learned from her child­hood. She said her chil­dren Nancy, 16, Arthur, 14, and Florence, ten, ‘were at that point when they are try­ing to fly the nest’, so lock­down had been a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

The fam­ily have spent the time at their home near Chip­ping Norton, Ox­ford­shire. Mrs Camer­son also re­vealed that her hus­band, 53, who is known for his fond­ness for cook­ing, had pledged to make a meal for the fam­ily ev­ery evening dur­ing lock­down.

 ??  ?? Head­ing for the exit: The Camerons and their chil­dren – from left, Nancy, Florence and Arthur – leave No 10 in July 2016
Head­ing for the exit: The Camerons and their chil­dren – from left, Nancy, Florence and Arthur – leave No 10 in July 2016

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