Boris Johnson news: PM's mother Charlotte Wahl Johnson passes away 'suddenly & peacefully' in hospital aged 79

BORIS Johnson's mother passed away "suddenly and peacefully" on Monday evening aged 79.

Charlotte Johnson Wahl, a professional painter died at a hospital in London on Monday, the PM confirmed last night.

She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease aged 40 but continued her painting and remarried in 1988.

The PM described his mum as the "supreme authority" in his family and credited her with instilling in him the value of every human life, the Telegraph reports.

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    WHY DID CHARLOTTE AND STANLEY’S MARRIAGE BREAKDOWN?

    In 1963 Charlotte married Stanley Johnson in a ceremony in Marylebone, but their marriage broke down in 1979 and the couple divorced.

    According to a bombshell book, Stanley broke the PM’s mother’s nose.

    Charlotte Wahl ended up in hospital after she “flailed” at her then husband and he flailed back, it is alleged.

    Family and friends of Stanley reportedly insisted that he deeply regretted the incident and denied that he had been violent on any other occasion.

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    BORIS JOHNSON TO PUSH ON WITH COVID PLAN ANNOUNCEMENT

    Boris Johnson will hold a major Covid press conference today despite his mother’s tragic sudden death.

    The PM will unveil a toolbox of measures for winter to help avoid a seasonal spike in an address to the nation at 4pm.

    However, he’s refused to rule out a further lockdown altogether – warning: “We’ve got to do everything that’s right to protect the country.”

    He is set to speak hours after the loss of his mother, professional painter Charlotte Johnson Wahl, who died last night at the age of 79.

    It will mark a big day in the fight against Covid – with Brits expected to be told it’s time to live alongside the virus.

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    KIER STARMER LEADS TRIBUTES

    Kier was one of the first to lead tributes to Boris Johnson and his family following the death of Charlotte Johnson Wahl.

    The Labour leader wrote on Twitter: “I’m very sorry to learn of the Prime Minister’s loss. My condolences to him and his family.”

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    WHY DID CHARLOTTE CALL BORIS ‘BORIS’?

    Boris Johnson is famous for his unusual moniker – but it is technically his middle name.

    Charlotte was three months pregnant with her eldest child while on a miserable coach trip to Mexico City in 1963 with her then-husband Stanley.

    Her host, a named Boris Litwin, then took pity on them and gvae them two first class plane tickets back home to New York.

    Charlotte said: “I was so grateful, I said: ‘Whatever the baby is, I shall call it Boris.’”

    In the end she changed her mind and went with the more conventional Alexander but honoured the promise with his middle name. At Eton he adopted Boris – but his family still call him Alex.

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    WHEN DID CHARLOTTE JOHNSON WAHL DIE?

    The Prime Minister’s mother Charlotte died on September 13, 2021.

    She had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 40 – but continued to live a normal life.

    Boris had said that she was the “supreme authority” in his family.

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    FELLOW CONSERVATIVE ANGELA RICHARDSON SHARES MESSAGE TO BORIS

    Fellow Conservative Angela Richardson has shared her sympathies to Boris.

    She wrote on Twitter: “Sad news for the PM tonight as well as the rest of the Johnson family. Thoughts with them all.”

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    CHARLOTTE’S LIFE LONG STRUGGLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

    The Johnson family has been open about Charlotte’s struggles with depression and mental illness when was young.

    Charlotte joked she first started feeling depressed at “about three” but it is thought to have been around 16 when she was kicked out of convent school. She told her daughter she suddenly became obsessed with a binary thought that she could either kill herself or become a nun. She recovered after being sent to a pyschiatrist.

    She later married Stanley young and found herself raising four children largely alone in an isolated cottage while her husband traveled the world and later unraveled further after the family moved to Brussels in 1973.

    She was eventually admitted to the Maudsley Hospital in London after her depression as well as “anxiety and compulsive rituals so severe that her hands bled from constant washing” got too bad. She was subject to electric shock therapy and aversion therapy before being transferred to another hospital.

    The marriage later broke down completely, she remarried but was widowed, and continued to paint.  

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    WHO IS CHARLOTTE JOHNSON WAHL'S SON LEO?

    Unlike Rachel and Jo, who followed their older brother into journalism and politics, Leo took different path after uiversity.

    He graduated from Oxford University and then went on to complete a masters in environmental and resource economics at UCL.

    The non-political Johnson brother, who is three years younger than Boris, dedicates his life to environmental sustainability

    Leo Johnson is currently Leo is co-presenting a Radio 4 series called Future Proofing following the big ideas shaping the future and changes in our identities.

    The series also explores the impacts of big technologies on business and society.

    Having formerly worked at the World Bank, Leo is the currently the co-Founder of the advisory firm Sustainable Finance at Price Waterhouse Cooper.

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    IN PICTURES: CHARLOTTE JOHNSON WAHL'S CHILDREN ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

    Charlotte had four children with Stanley, the eldest Boris, then Rachel, followed by Leo and Jo.

    Boris also has two half siblings – Julia and Max – but they are Stanley's children from his second marriage.

    From left: Leo, Rachel, Boris, ex-husband Stanley and Jo
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    WHO ARE CHARLOTTE JOHNSON WAHL'S CHILDREN?

    Charlotte and Stanley had four children: Boris, now 57, journalist Rachel, 56, environmentalist Leo, 53, and former Cabinet minister Jo, 49. 

    Boris is the eldest of the quartet and best known as the Prime Minister, being elected in 2019.

    Rachel was second, born in 1965, and followed the family business intojournalism before a brief foray into politics when she ran for MEP under the Change UK banner in 2019.

    Leo is an entrepreneur and filmmaker while youngest Jo has also gone into politics, most recently being a minister on his brother Boris's cabinet.

    Charlotte once revealed how when she sat her final university exams while already pregnant with Rachel and Boris was "in the pram outside the exam hall".

    She also has 13 grandchildren – with a 14th on the way with Boris expecting his second with Carrie Symonds.

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    WHAT WAS CHARLOTTE JOHNSON WAHL'S JOB?

    Charlotte Johnson Wahl was a successful and well renowned painter.

    Charlotte mainly specialised in painting portraits, and her clientele included Crispin Tickell, Joanna Lumley, Jilly Cooper and Simon Jenkins.

    She also painted landscapes which have been described as echoing the Vorticist style.

    When Boris was appointed Mayor of London in 2008 he commissioned his mother to paint a city-scape of London – the view from his office.

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    CHARLOTTE JOHNSON WAHL WAS A LEFTIE WHO NEVER VOTED TORY

    Boris's mum has said despite marrying a Tory and having two Tory politicians for sons she never voted Conservative.

    She claimed that she is "very left" and describes her parents as "socialist".

    Charlotte liked Jeremy Corbyn and said that seeing him in politics reminded her of the politics when she was  young.

    "It’s back to the politics that I remember when I was young. I recognise what he’s on about," she said.

    "But I think he ought to do away with his beard – makes him look a bit like an old wizard.”

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    WHY DID CHARLOTTE AND STANLEY'S MARRIAGE BREAKDOWN?

    In 1963 Charlotte married Stanley Johnson in a ceremony in Marylebone, but their marriage broke down in 1979 and the couple divorced.

    According to a bombshell book, Stanley broke the PM’s mother’s nose.

    Charlotte Wahl ended up in hospital after she "flailed" at her then husband and he flailed back, it is alleged.

    Family and friends of Stanley reportedly insisted that he deeply regretted the incident and denied that he had been violent on any other occasion.

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    EXPLAINED: WHO WAS CHARLOTTE JOHNSON WAHL'S MUM?

    Charlotte Johnson Wahl was born in Oxford in 1942.

    She is the daughter of Sir James Fawcett, who was the president of the European Commission for Human Rights, Charlotte describes her parents as “rich socialists.”

    Charlotte met Boris’s dad, Stanley Johnson, at Oxford University where she studied English.

    She and Stanley had four children, Boris, journalist Rachel, 56, former Cabinet minister Jo, 49, and environmentalist Leo, 53, before they divorced in 1979.

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    BORIS' FELLOW CONSERVATIVES PAY TRIBUTE TO HIS MUM

    Boris Johnson’s cohorts have been paying tribute to the late Charlotte Johnson Wahl.

    Fellow Conservative Angela Richardson said: “Sad news for the PM tonight as well as the rest of the Johnson family. Thoughts with them all.”

    And Conservative Party co-chairman Amanda Milling tweeted: “Thinking of Boris Johnson and his family this evening.

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

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    CHARLOTTE JOHNSON ON HOW SHE BALANCED STUDYING WITH RAISING BORIS

    Charlotte returned to Oxford to finish her degree with Boris and Stanley en tow – becoming the first married woman to graduate from Lady Margaret Hall college.

    She told her daughter: “I’d write essays by putting him on the floor next to me and giving him a saucepan and a wooden spoon. I’d take him to tutorials and leave him in the don’s garden in a pram. If it was raining I was sometimes allowed to leave the pram in the hall.”

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    WHO WAS CHARLOTTE'S SECOND HUSBAND NICHOLAS WAHL?

    Just under a decade after her marriage to Stanley ended Charlotte married American historian Nicholas Wahl in 1988.

    Born in New York to Jewish parents who were originally from Hungary in 1928, the academic went on to be renown expert on post-war French history – particularly the career of wartime resistance leader and later president Charles de Gaulle.

    The couple married – when she was 46 and he was 60 – following his divorce from his first wife Sandy Walcott. He died in 1996 from cancer when he was 68.

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    WHO IS CHARLOTTE’S FIRST HUSBAND STANLEY JOHNSON?

    Boris’ dad Stanley was born in Penzance, Cornwall, in 1940.

    He met Charlotte at Oxford and she briefly abandoned her studies so they could get married and travel around the US.

    He is a British politician and was Conservative MEP for Wight & Hampshire East from 1979 to 1984. Stanley also worked for the World Bank and the European Commission before that.

    He has written dozens of books, including an autobiography titled Stanley, I Resume.

    The marriage eventually broken down in 1979 due to pressures from Stanley having to travel frequently because of his career, Charlotte's own stifled creative ambition and her bouts of mental illness.

    In December 2017, he shocked the nation by signing up for I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, but failed to win over the public and was evicted from the jungle well before it ended.

    But during his time on the show, he made firm friends with Made In Chelsea star Georgia “Toff” Toffolo.

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    CHARLOTTE'S LIFE LONG STRUGGLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

    The Johnson family has been open about Charlotte's struggles with depression and mental illness when was young.

    Charlotte joked she first started feeling depressed at "about three" but it is thought to have been around 16 when she was kicked out of convent school.She told her daughter she suddenly became obsessed with a binary thought that she could either kill herself or become a nun. She recovered after being sent to a pyschiatrist.

    She later married Stanley young and found herself raising four children largely alone in an isolated cottage while her husband traveled the worldand later unraveled further after the family moved to Brussels in 1973.

    She was eventually admitted to the Maudsley Hospital in London after her depression as well as "anxiety and compulsive rituals so severe that her hands bled from constant washing" got too bad. She was subject to electric shock therapy and aversion therapy before being transferred to another hospital.

    The marriage later broke down completely, she remarried but was widowed, and continued to paint.  

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    CHARLOTTE COULD BE "THE GREATEST 20th CENTURY FEMALE ARTIST YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF", HER DAUGHTER RACHEL SAYS

    Writing in the Times ahead of a retrospective of her mother's work in 2015, journalist Rachel said Charlotte "could be the greatest 20th century female artist you’ve never heard of".

    She said Charlotte's work had been overshadowed by her family's fame but she was at first and foremost a painter.

    She said: “I love almost all my mother’s pictures on principle but I always hated it when she painted other people’s children as it took her away from me, and us, again. I always felt she painted other people’s children and my brothers with a fonder eye than she painted me. I’m lucky she painted me — or anything — at all, and so is the world. I am so proud to be able to call the artist Charlotte Johnson my mother.”

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    CHARLOTTE’S LIFE IN PICTURES

    Charlotte Johnson Wahl, a professional painter, passed away “suddenly and peacefully” at a hospital in London on Monday evening.

    She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease aged 40 but continued her painting and remarried in 1988.

    Tributes have poured in for the Prime Minister and his family.

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    BORIS JOHNSON CLAIMED HIS MOTHER VOTED LEAVE

    Despite Charlotte Johnson Wahl saying she did not necessarily agree with her son's politics she reportedly backed his campaign for the UK to leave the EU.

    During a speech to conference in 2019, he described his mother as a the "supreme authority" in his family and said “keen students of the divisions in my family . . . my mother voted Leave”

    His passionately pro-Remain father Stanley, Charlotte's ex-husband, is seen mouthing "I didn't know that".

    Charlotte did not confirm or deny the statement so it is unclear whether it is true.

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    IN PICTURES: CHARLOTTE JOHNSON WAHL WITH HER SON

    Charlotte Johnson Wahl with her eldest son at her only daughter's book launch in London last year.

    Charlotte with her son Boris last year CREDIT: Alamy

     

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    BORIS JOHNSON TO PUSH ON WITH COVID PLAN ANNOUNCEMENT

    Boris Johnson will hold a major Covid press conference today despite his mother's tragic sudden death.

    The PM will unveil a toolbox of measures for winter to help avoid a seasonal spike in an address to the nation at 4pm.

    However, he's refused to rule out a further lockdown altogether – warning: "We've got to do everything that's right to protect the country."

    He is set to speak hours after the loss of his mother, professional painter Charlotte Johnson Wahl, who died last night at the age of 79.

    It will mark a big day in the fight against Covid – with Brits expected to be told it's time to live alongside the virus.

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    WHAT IS PARKINSON'S DISEASE?

    Charlotte Johnson Wahl was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease when she was 40.

    The disease is characterised by shaking hands, stiff limbs and sometimes struggling to move – though the symptoms and their severity vary between people.

    No one is exactly sure what the cause is but it is believed to affect the dopamine-producing neurons in the brain. Dopamine is a very important neurotransmitter chemical which can affect everything from mood, attention span, pain management and movement.

    Parkinson's disease is not the same as dementia and it is not in of itself fatal. People can and do live long lives with the condition but it can lead to fatal complications.

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