London, May 25 (ANI): Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair begged his wife Cherie to ensure he was not photographed next to Silvio Berlusconi when the Italian Prime Minister met them during a summer holiday wearing a bandanna.
The episode happened during the British couple’s visit to Berlusconi’s villa on the Italian island of Sardinia in 2004, when the Italian politician had been recuperating from a hair transplant.
Cherie spoke of the incident while promoting her autobiography on an Italian TV talk show.
“That was a real surprise. When we arrived we were a little surprised to see Silvio with this sort of scarf on his head, that famous bandanna,” the Telegraph quoted her as saying on Che Tempo Che Fa (What the Weather Will be Like).
“It was supposed to be a private visit and he told us he’d had some problems with his head but it was obvious to us that he’d had a hair transplant.
“He told us ‘Let’s go out’ and so we went on a boat and while we were on-board he said ‘Before I meet the people I have to change’ and my husband hoped he would take the bandanna off.
“But he didn’t and we went out with him simply putting another bandanna on his head which matched the colour of the shirt he was wearing.
“As we went out Tony said to me ‘Whatever happens make sure I am not photographed next to Silvio wearing a bandanna. Make sure you are in the middle otherwise the British press will kill us’,” she added.
Snaps of the Blairs during the walkabout showed Cherie managed to save her husband his grace and constantly stood between Berlusconi and her better half. (ANI)