EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Wedding Invitation to Blair & Brown Was ‘Established Revenge,’ Says Campbell

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CONFIDENTIAL: Invitation to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to Prince William and Kate’s wedding was ‘establishment revenge’ on former Labor Prime Minister, Alastair Campbell claims

When it was revealed that Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were not invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, it caused a political hoo-ha, especially as Tory Prime Minister Sir John Major was among those welcomed to Westminster Abbey.

It is now said that the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, was so concerned about the royal disapproval that Downing Street intervened with Buckingham Palace.

In the newly published volume of his Diaries, Blair’s right-hand man, Alastair Campbell, describes the snub as “some sort of established revenge” on the former Labor Prime Minister.

When it was revealed that Tony Blair and Gordon Brown weren't invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, it caused a political hoo-ha.

When it was revealed that Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were not invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, it caused a political hoo-ha

“Lots of different theories,” he writes in 2011. “Charles because of hunting bans, William because TB revealed details of private conversations in his book, Camilla because she doesn’t like us.”

The day before the wedding, Campbell discussed the disapproval with No. 10 permanent secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood.

He said it was largely royalty. Cameron went ballistic … scared if people thought it was his decision they would see it as hateful and narrow-minded. Jeremy had called the palace and asked what was going on, but once it got there they decided and that was it. ‘

The palace’s official statement was that Major had been invited because he was a member of the Order of the Garter, unlike Blair and Brown.

In the newly published volume of his Diaries, Blair’s right-hand man, Alastair Campbell, describes the snub as “some sort of established revenge” on the former Labor Prime Minister. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are seen above at their wedding in 2011

What Campbell wrote in his diary

Sunday, April 24, 2011

It turned out that TB and GB do not attend the royal wedding ‘because they are not members of the Order of the Garter’ while Major is. F ***** ridiculous. Probably some kind of revenge from the establishment. But pretty narrow-minded and crazy.

April 28

We (my mother and I) had our usual row over the royals. I felt more anti than ever due to the non-invitation to TB-GB (Tony Blair-Gordon Brown).

Lots of different theories – Charles because of the hunting ban, William because TB revealed details of private conversations in his book, Camilla because she doesn’t like us. Idiot whatever. It wasn’t going to be a big game, but it was one of those things people would remember.

Into town to meet Jeremy Heywood at the ICA, which was a bit busy so we found a hotel nearby and had a few hours talking about things. At the wedding appointment, he said it was largely royalty.

Cameron and Osborne both went ballistic, saying it was a bad mistake, worried they would be blamed. They have little time for GB, but they respect TB – they call him ‘the master’ – and it would, in any case, have bad repercussions on everyone.

Cameron worried if people thought it was his decision, that they would see it as hateful and narrow-minded. Jeremy had called the palace and asked what was going on, but once it got there they decided and that was it. He said the entire Cameron team was quite obsessed with the TB surgery.

They respected TB, Peter and me and learned a lot from what we did. Jeremy had even suggested they ask me to help communicate with Libya.

He said he said I was the only person who had ever managed to get the integration needed for things like this. They were interested, but ended up seeing me as a tribal Labor person they couldn’t really trust inside.

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