Freud provided Blair with offices in Mayfair after he stepped down as PM and has continued to advise him in the years since.
Likely to side with: Freud THE CAMERONSThe couple’s country home in the village of Dean is just a borrowed horse ride away from Burford Priory and the phone-hacking scandal exposed just how close the PM and his wife were to the Freud-Murdochs.
They split in 2000, shortly after Murdoch gave birth to their daughter Charlotte, but were reunited in 2001 and married later that year at Blenheim Palace in a ceremony attended by the great and the good.
Since then, they have become one of the most powerful media couples in Britain — their break-up will disrupt a party power nexus that has taken root over the past 13 years.
Their sphere of influence straddles the high-octane Primrose Hill gang, the well-connected Chipping Norton set, political friends from both sides of the spectrum (Tony Blair and David Cameron are regulars at the couple’s soirées and weekends) and everyone else from TV titans Jeremy Clarkson and Claudia Winkleman to former London Mayor Ken Livingstone.
Freud has stuck with the ex-PM — Rupert was absent from Freud’s 50th birthday party last year (Tony and Cherie were among the guests).The row is said to have caused huge tension between Murdoch and Freud.The couple, who have two children together, met in 1997 when both were married to other people — Murdoch, now 46, was pregnant with her second child by Ghanaian financier Elkin Kwesi Pianim.PR guru Freud, now 50, had two sons with Caroline “Pidge” Hutton.Friends in high places: from top left, Emily Oppenheimer, Claudia Winkleman, David and Samantha Cameron, Tony and Cherie Blair, Andre Balazs and Jeremy Clarkson flank Matthew Freud and Elisabeth Murdoch (Picture: Rex/Richard Young/David Fisher/xposurephot It’s the £250 million divorce that is set to divide not just the assets of one of Britain’s most high-profile media couples but will also split London’s elite social circles, and disrupt a political power nexus.
Elisabeth Murdoch and Matthew Freud are due to be granted a decree nisi this week, ending their 13-year marriage.