Boris Johnson refused to back fiancee Carrie Symonds’ complaint to The Times after it claimed the pair wanted to get rid of their pet pooch Dilyn.
He objected because the proposed complaint, drawn up at the start of the COVID crisis, was ‘a nonsense.’
A copy of the draft letter was leaked to the Daily Mail’s Simon Walters after Dominic Cummings told MPs on Wednesday that Carrie Symonds went crackers over a report claiming the couple hated Dilyn.
Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings said Carrie Symonds response had averted the Prime Minister’s attention at a critical stage ahead of the first lockdown.
He was also dealing with a demand by Donald Trump for Britain to back bombing raids in the Middle East.
The leaked letter reveals that Carrie Symonds wanted Boris Johnson to support her formal protest that Jack Russell cross Dilyn was not chronically ill and there were no plans to callously rehome him.
The draft letter, in both their names, was prepared after Carrie Symonds was angered by an editorial in The Times on March 11 last year.
It was addressed to The Times and in it, the pair threatened to take their grievance to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO).
The article said Dilyn could be put up for adoption because the pair were fed up with trying to house train the sick animal.
Carrie Symonds denounced the story as total crap on social media, and when The Times declined to print an apology, she urged Boris Johnson to write to it, but after reportedly telling Carrie Symonds he would send the letter, Boris Johnson changed his mind after Dominic Cummings intervened, according to well-placed sources.
An insider said that the Prime Minister went along with it initially because Carrie Symonds was cross and that it was none of Dominic Cummings business but he disliked Carrie and went berserk.
He told the Prime Minister it was a waste of time, and the Prime Minister agreed. He sympathised with Carrie’s feelings but said that he couldn’t sign it because it was nonsense.
Boris Johnson’s decision to not complain came after Dominic Cummings was told he couldn’t attend a COVID meeting because he was dealing with the Dilyn row.
Eight months later, Dominic Cummings was removed from his No 10 post when he lost a power struggle with Carrie Symonds.
Perhaps she’s up there with Meghan Markle in terms of delusion, and poor Dilyn, having to live with such awful people, someone should save him.
But really, who’s interested in a letter about a dog? And it appears that Carrie Symonds is a manipulative drama queen, and Boris Johnson has been rather slow getting round to marrying her, and this gets to be more like a soap opera every day.
And maybe we should be worried for Dilyn – perhaps he should get himself a lawyer, of course, he would have to work pro- bone-o!