Boris Johnson’s mother Charlotte Johnson Wahl dies aged 79

UK prime minister, Boris Johnson is mourning the loss of his mother, the artist Charlotte Johnson Wahl, who has died at the age of 79.

She died “suddenly and peacefully” at a London hospital, the family said according to the Daily Telegraph.

She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 40 and later became president of the European Commission for Human Rights.

The Prime Minister once described her as the “supreme authority” in his family.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was among the first politicians to offer his condolences.

“I’m very sorry to learn of the Prime Minister’s loss. My condolences to him and his family,” he tweeted.

Tory MP Angela Richardson said: “Sad news for the PM tonight as well as the rest of the Johnson family. Thoughts with them all.”

Born Charlotte Fawcett in Oxford in 1942, Mrs Johnson-Wahl was the daughter of the barrister Sir James Fawcett - who was president of the European Commission for Human Rights in the 1970s.

One of five children, she studied English at Oxford University. But she interrupted her education to travel to America with Stanley Johnson, whom she met at Oxford and married in 1963.  

Speaking about meeting Stanley, she told Tatler magazine in 2015: 'I was engaged to somebody called Wynford Hicks, who was extraordinarily beautiful to look at but actually quite boring.

'Anyway, [after the dinner] Stanley sent me a note asking if he could come to tea and go for a walk.

'So a few days later we went for a walk and he suddenly said, ‘Love is sweet. Revenge is sweeter far. To the Piazza. Ah ha ha har!", which made me laugh so much I fell in love with him.'

Ms Wahl had four children: Boris, journalist Rachel, former Cabinet minister Jo and environmentalist Leo, before they divorced in 1979.

The Prime Minister’s son Wilfred was her 13th grandchild.

 

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