Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie hosted a friend who helped plan their wedding at Checkers during the Covid restrictions, it is alleged.
The couple invited Dixie Maloney, a corporate events manager, to stay overnight at the Grace-and-Favour house on May 7, 2021, The Guardian reported.
At the time, indoor gatherings between different households were still prohibited, except when “reasonably necessary”, such as for work or childcare.
A spokesman for the former prime minister insisted the visit was “fully lawful” and “covered by the relevant provisions in the Covid regulations”.
A source close to him added that Ms Maloney had helped with childcare while Ms Johnson was pregnant with her second child, Romy.
Ms Maloney’s spokesperson said she took the restrictions “very seriously” and “would not have done anything at the relevant time unless she genuinely believed it was lawful to do so”.
They added that she was “never formally engaged to work for Boris or Carrie Johnson, nor has she ever held any public role, in government or otherwise”.