Boris’s better half
What is life like as the wife of the most recognisable politician in Britain? Members of the London Diplomatic Spouse Club got the opportunity to quiz Marina Wheeler, barrister, mother-offour and wife of Secretary of State Boris Johnson about Brexit and the challenges of family life with her husband in the full glare of British politics. Having a strong sense of your own identity (and humour!) was important to keeping a partnership strong, she told DSCL members.
Ms Wheeler amused spouses with tales of her first encounter with Boris (aged nine, when they were classmates in Brussels). Of British-Indian origin, Ms Wheeler’s insights into a mixed heritage upbringing and peripatetic life as the child of a BBC correspondent struck a chord with many spouses, as was her admiration for her trailblazing mother turned “trailing spouse”, who gave up work at the Canadian High Commission in Delhi to travel the world.
She congratulated the DSCL on taking the initiative to get started and said spouse organisations were a lifeline for diplomatic families worldwide.