Samantha Cameron reveals she ‘didn’t enjoy her time in No 10’

Samantha Cameron reveals she ‘didn’t enjoy her time in No 10’ as she tells of hatred of awkward waving, wardrobe malfunctions and her admiration for Michelle Obama

  • Samantha Cameron said she was ‘terrible’ at waving to crowds at public events
  • Fashion designer even tried to convince Obamas not to do it in Washington
  • Mrs Cameron, 47, revealed she did not enjoy her time in Downing Street
  • But she praised Michelle Obama as a ‘unbelievably intelligent and wise woman’ 

Samantha Cameron has revealed she did not enjoy her time in Downing Street and described waving in public as the worst part of being wife of the prime minister.

The 47-year-old made many public appearances alongside husband David during his time as premier between 2010 and 2016.

But she said she felt ‘awkward’ waving to crowds in both the UK and abroad and felt it was something for the Royal Family alone to do.

She even tried to persuade Barack Obama and his wife to skip the gesture while in Washington.

Samantha Cameron has revealed she hated public waving during her time in Downing Street. She is pictured here avoiding the gesture alongside husband David, second left, and former President Barack Obama, second right, and first lady Michelle, left,

Mrs Cameron, 47, said she was ‘terrible’ at waving and looks less than enthusiastic here at the 2013 Conservative Party Conference with her husband

Samantha Cameron said she ‘did not enjoy’ her time at Downing Street. She is pictured here with David shortly after he became prime minister in 2010

Mrs Cameron gave birth to fourth child Florence (left as a baby and right after her first birthday) shortly after she entered No 10

The fashion designer said she did enjoy meeting ‘amazing people’ including The Queen and Prince Philip, pictured with the Camerons at Downing Street

Mrs Cameron told The Times: ‘I remember we had to stand next to the Obamas in Washington once and I tried to say, “Can we not do the waving thing?” So we are standing there, and it is going quite well, and then of course Obama starts waving, and Dave starts waving.’

Outside of public greetings, the fashion designer was full of praise for former President Obama and wife Michelle.

She described the former first lady as ‘unbelievably intelligent and wise’ and praised her for her style.


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Mrs Cameron said: ‘She absolutely went for it with the hair, the make-up, the dresses, and it didn’t feel like it compromised her intelligence or dignity in any way.’

Mrs Obama was one of many ‘amazing people’ Mrs Cameron said she enjoyed meeting during her husband’s time as leader of the country.  

Since leaving Downing Street, Mrs Cameron has set up her own fashion label Cefinn.

The business aims to create easy-to-wash clothes for the over-25 market – although still catering for ‘the little girl in us who likes wearing a dress’.  

Mrs Cameron attended the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011 (left) and rubbed shoulders with the ‘unbelievably intelligent and wise’ Michelle Obama (right) while in No 10

The Camerons also became well known for being pictured on holiday (here in Cornwall in 2013) during David’s time as leader

She also revealed she had a wardrobe malfunction or two at high-profile appearances including one at a shopping centre while her husband was still leader of the Conservative Party.

Mrs Cameron said the ‘terrible’ incident saw happened when static on her silk skirt caused it to ride up her body just as she and her husband were about to be introduced on stage.

She added: ‘The static was getting worse and it went right up my…and then a man comes up to bring us on stage and says to me, “Is there something wrong with your skirt’. 

The Camerons left No 10 in 2016 after the Brexit referendum and Mrs Cameron was praised for her style and support of her family

Mrs Cameron, pictured not waving with her husband, also said she felt waving in public was something only the Royal Family should do


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