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Samantha Cameron blasts ‘sexist’ abuse levelled at Carrie Symonds over ‘Princess Nut Nut’ nickname

Samantha Cameron has said it ‘demeans’ Boris Johnson to suggest his fiancée Carrie Symonds has more influence than his own advisors. 

The 49-year-old wife of former-Prime Minister David Cameron blasted the ‘flagrantly sexist’ ‘Princess Nut Nut’ nickname, adding that criticism the PM’s fiancée received last year was ‘harsh’. 

Mrs Cameron said the criticism she received was wrong, and claimed Prime Ministers are ‘quite able to take decisions themselves’.

She said believing Mr Johnson’s partner has more influence than his advisors is ‘demeaning’ for the PM.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour: ‘In my view your husband or partner is the Prime Minister, they’re quite able to take decisions themselves.

‘The idea that it’s the wife, you’re somehow, you know, influencing them over and above what they think or what advice they’re getting from their team, I think it’s kind of demeaning, really, for the Prime Minister. 

‘And I don’t think any partner of the Prime Minister would ever feel that that’s the sort of position that they’re allowed to be in and I think you’re just trying to do your best, thrust into a position that he may not have been expecting.

‘In my case when I married my husband, it wasn’t a role I was expecting to be in and, and you’re not trained for it.’ 

Samantha Cameron (pictured speaking on Radio 4 today) has blasted ‘sexist’ abuse leveled at Carrie Symonds over her ‘Princess Nut Nut’ nickname

Samantha Cameron (pictured) has defended Carrie Symonds over her nickname 'Princess Nut Nut' - as she admitted her fashion firm has been hit by Brexit

The 49-year-old wife of former-Prime Minister David Cameron said the criticism the PM's fiancée (pictured) received last year was 'harsh' and agreed it was 'flagrantly sexist'

The 49-year-old wife of former-Prime Minister David Cameron (left) said the criticism the PM’s fiancée (right) received last year was ‘harsh’ and agreed it was ‘flagrantly sexist’

Miss Symonds - herself a former Government special adviser and Conservative Party head of media - was reportedly labelled a 'princess' for what her foes claimed was regal behaviour while the 'nut' is believed to be a poor-taste joke about her being 'crazy'. Pictured: Boris Johnson

Miss Symonds – herself a former Government special adviser and Conservative Party head of media – was reportedly labelled a ‘princess’ for what her foes claimed was regal behaviour while the ‘nut’ is believed to be a poor-taste joke about her being ‘crazy’. Pictured: Boris Johnson

Who is ‘Princess Nut Nut’ – and what does the cruel nickname mean? 

Allies of the PM’s former-advisor Dominic Cummings reportedly called Carrie Symonds ‘Princess Nut Nut’.

The slur went viral in November last year as the extraordinary power struggle between the PM’s fiancee and the Vote Leave cabal emerged in public.

There has long been frustration that Ms Symonds was running a shadow PR operation, while she is said to have been incensed at the aggressive behaviour of Mr Cummings and his cadre.  

Ms Symonds, herself a former Government special adviser and Conservative Party head of media, emerged triumphant when Mr Cummings sensationally left Downing Street with his belongings in a cardboard box in November.

In his final meeting, Mr Johnson is said to have rebuked the two aides for describing Ms Symonds as ‘Princess Nut Nut’ – although this has been denied by No 10.

Other tags for Ms Symonds previously circulating among the Brexit clique include ‘Cersei’, a reference to the scheming Game of Thrones character. 

A source told the Mail on Sunday that the nickname had been wrongly reported as ‘Princess Nut Nuts’. 

‘It’s Princess Nut Nut,’ they said, before revealing that Ms Symonds’ adversaries used the phrase so often during the general election that they started using an emoji of a princess followed by two peanuts instead of words in text messages.

Ms Symonds' adversaries are said to have used the 'Princess Nut Nut' name so much that they started using an emoji of a princess followed by two peanuts instead of words in text messages

Ms Symonds’ adversaries are said to have used the ‘Princess Nut Nut’ name so much that they started using an emoji of a princess followed by two peanuts instead of words in text messages 

Ms Symonds was reportedly labelled a ‘princess’ for what her foes claimed was regal behaviour while the ‘nut’ is believed to be a poor-taste joke about her being ‘crazy’. 

The businesswoman, who owns clothing brand Cefinn, also said it was ‘frustrating’ to deal with Brexit ‘teething issues’ as companies adopt new trading regulations. 

Miss Symonds was reportedly nicknamed ‘Princess Nut Nut’ by opponents in No 10 during an extraordinary power struggle with Dominic Cummings – which resulted in the latter leaving Downing Street in November. 

Miss Symonds – herself a former Government special adviser and Conservative Party head of media – was reportedly labelled a ‘princess’ for what her foes claimed was regal behaviour while the ‘nut’ is believed to be a poor-taste joke about her being ‘crazy’.  

Mrs Cameron said the criticism was ‘very harsh’.

She urged Miss Symonds to ‘find your own way’ and ‘do the things that you enjoy, do the things that you feel that you’re good at – and be supportive as you can to Boris’.

Addressing Brexit and the impact its having on her business, Mrs Cameron said: ‘Until they sort out some of the, I hope, teething issues, definitely trading with the EU – if you’re bringing if you’re bringing goods into the country from outside the UK, and then trying to sell them back into Europe – that currently is challenging and difficult.’

David Cameron called the Brexit referendum – before campaigning against Boris Johnson’s vote leave camp.

Mr Cameron quit as PM after the remain campaign lost, forcing him and his family to leave Downing Street after six years. 

Mrs Cameron urged Mr Johnson to ‘talk to all the businesses out there who are in a similar position to me, of which there are lots and it is the smaller businesses because we can’t afford to have warehouses in Europe and that sort of thing’.

She said her business may struggle to grow due to Brexit deals, and said: ‘If we can grow our business… it is frustrating, the majority of our business is in the UK and we do a bit of business in America, but we did have a bit of EU business.

‘And obviously you’d like to grow it because it’s easy, it’s on your doorstep. But unless some of the expense and cost of doing that is looked at it will be challenging.’

In 2018, Mrs Cameron’s Cefinn raised £2.5million to expand with a major helping hand from a prominent Conservative donor.

David Brownlow, one of the Tory party’s biggest financial backers, was appointed a director of Mrs Cameron’s Cefinn, which lost £560,000 in its first year.

The label – founded in 2016 – was being bankrolled by Mr Brownlow’s business Havisham Investments.

The 49-year-old wife of former-Prime Minister David Cameron (pictured with their children in 2016) agreed that the criticism levied at the PM's fiancée last year was 'flagrantly sexist'

The 49-year-old wife of former-Prime Minister David Cameron (pictured with their children in 2016) agreed that the criticism levied at the PM’s fiancée last year was ‘flagrantly sexist’

The money was earmarked to help the business grow internationally and improve logistics.

Mr Brownlow told The Times: ‘I am joining the company in part because I like the management team. I thought they were very energetic and enthusiastic. I like the creative direction of the business. I am joining because it’s a business I like and I want to help it grow’.

But he denied his financial support was anything to do with the Tories or his links to the Camerons and said: ‘No, I am a businessman’.

Other new backers included Wendy Yu, of Hong-Kong based Yu Holdings and Philip Bassett, founder of investment firm Brightwell Partners while its original investor Venrex has also found more money to put in.

Mrs Cameron has been open on social media since she and her family left No. 10 in 2016.

Last year, she  revealed how she and Mr Cameron went through a rough patch while in Downing Street. 

The couple now live with their three children Nancy, 16, Arthur, 14, and Florence, 10, in their £1.5 million home near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

The businesswoman (pictured with Mr Cameron), who owns clothing brand Cefinn, also said it was 'frustrating' to deal with Brexit 'teething issues' as companies adopt new trading regulations

The businesswoman (pictured with Mr Cameron), who owns clothing brand Cefinn, also said it was ‘frustrating’ to deal with Brexit ‘teething issues’ as companies adopt new trading regulations

Allies of Dominic Cummings are said to have been using a cruel 'Princess Nut Nut' nickname for Carrie Symonds (pictured with the PM last year)

Allies of Dominic Cummings are said to have been using a cruel ‘Princess Nut Nut’ nickname for Carrie Symonds (pictured with the PM last year)

Speaking on Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast she revealed: ‘There was a couple of years ago 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”.’

In a rare interview she revealed the couple ‘never’ go out at night anymore because she feels she has to be at home ‘all the time’ to look after her teenage children.

‘I’m not very good at ever spending time away from the children with [David] on my own,’ she added.

Concerns have long been raised over the 'laddish' culture in Downing Street under Mr Cummings (pictured)

Concerns have long been raised over the ‘laddish’ culture in Downing Street under Mr Cummings (pictured)

Mr Cummings carried his belongings out of No10's famous front door in a cardboard box in November

Mr Cummings carried his belongings out of No10’s famous front door in a cardboard box in November

Last year, she also admitted she ‘didn’t expect’ her husband would be ‘overly involved’ with their newborn daughter Florence when he was Prime Minister. 

She gave birth to daughter Florence shortly before Mr Cameron first took office in 2010. 

Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine, she revealed the former PM had always been a ‘brilliant dad’ and would ‘always’ give his children Florence, Nancy and Arthur, now 14, an evening bath when they were ‘tiny’. 

David Cameron called the Brexit referendum - before campaigning against Boris Johnson's vote leave camp. Mr Cameron quit as PM after the remain campaign lost, forcing him and his family to leave Downing Street after six years (pictured during his resignation speech)

David Cameron called the Brexit referendum – before campaigning against Boris Johnson’s vote leave camp. Mr Cameron quit as PM after the remain campaign lost, forcing him and his family to leave Downing Street after six years (pictured during his resignation speech)

She said: ‘I think I was on my fourth by then, so I think it seemed fairly seamless. I have to say, I wasn’t expecting him [David] to get overly involved.

‘He’s always been a brilliant Dad, so I think one of the things we always did with the children when they were really tiny is he would have a bath with them and that was quite bonding.

‘It was also much easier than for me to bath in one of those tiny plastic things where you’re always terrified you’re going to drop them and they’re going to slip out of your hands, so he always did that when he could and we sort of muddled through somehow.’ 

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