Cherie Blair has described how she had to constantly battle against the British press to prevent them publishing details about her children's private lives, with some papers frequently ignoring her wishes.
In an interview with CNBC Meets, Blair said that while she accepted press interest in herself, she didn't want any focus to be on her children. "I always felt they were entitled to their privacy and as much as a normal life as possible, because for that brief period they were in the public eye, there's no reason why for the rest of their lives they ever need to be in the public eye again," she said.
"So the one thing I would always go to town over was anytime they said things or brought my children into it. That didn't stop some of the press, the Daily Mail in particular, trying to do things about the children but I was able at least to prevent that happening too often."
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It is not the first time Britain's Daily Mail and Blair have clashed over the newspaper's coverage. Tony Blair told the Leveson Inquiry – formed to investigate press standards following the phone-hacking scandal – that the Daily Mail relentlessly attacked his wife and children in a "sort-of personal vendetta" campaign. The Daily Mail strongly denied the claim.
According to Cherie Blair's solicitors, the couple wrote 30 different letters in complaint against the Daily Mail between 2006 and 2011, some threatening legal action.