Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie are facing backlash for using son Wilfred as a ‘prop’ at the G7 summit after he was pictured charming world leaders this weekend.
Twitter users have accused the couple of reducing their son to prop used in photo opportunities while others have suggested Wilfred was being used as a ‘distraction’ for the world leaders at the summit in Cornwall.
The one-year-old was pictured dazzling G7 leaders at a beach barbecue last night, as Britain pulled out all the stops in a bid to woo the world’s most powerful.
The youngster was seen back to the camera toddling towards his mother in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, as other wives of world leaders – including First Lady Jill Biden – beamed at him.
Emmanuel Macron‘s wife Brigitte was also among the group cooing over Wilfred, who joined his parents for the barbecue which featured locally-sourced seafood prepared by a nearby beach hut.
It followed Wilfred’s first appearance at the summit on Thursday when he hit the beach with mother Carrie and US First Lady Jill Biden for more photo opportunities with his face hidden.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie are facing backlash for using son Wilfred (pictured) as a ‘prop’ at the G7 summit after he was pictured charming the world’s leaders this weekend
Wilfred dazzled G7 leaders at a beach barbecue last night, as Britain pulled out all the stops
The youngster was seen toddling towards his mother in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, as other wives of world leaders – including First Lady Jill Biden – beamed at him at the beach barbeque last night
Carrie Johnson cradled baby Wilfred alongside First Lady Dr Jill Biden at Carbis Bay in Cornwall.
Mrs Johnson, in pictures taken and issued by Number 10, was seen paddling in the Cornish beach’s shallow waters with Dr Biden.
Meanwhile, one-year-old Wilfred, whose face is obscured as his parents do not wish him to become a ‘public figure’, sat on the shoreline.
And while Dr Biden said it was wonderful to spend time with Carrie and Wilfred, not everyone was impressed with the amount of photo ops the one-year-old was featuring in.
Carrie Johnson, wife of the Prime Minister and First Lady of the United States Dr Jill Biden with baby Wilfred Johnson on the beach during the G7 leaders Summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall
Carrie Johnson and First Lady Jill Biden were pictured with Wilfred on the beach last Thursday
Social media users criticised the Johnsons’ use of their son at the international event, accusing the couple of using their baby as a ‘prop’ and a ‘distraction’ from more serious matters.
One user accused them of using ‘that Sussex trick’ alluding to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who regularly issue pictures of their son Archie without showing his face.
The Twitter user added: ‘I think it’s worse than seeing their face. Turns them into a prop.’
Another said: ‘Other than staged photo ops, using baby Wilfred as a prop, it’s noticeable that none of the leaders bother with Johnson.’
A third Twitter user said: ‘Confused as to why Boris and Carrie thought to bring baby Wilfred out for a photo-op? Weird choice but OK.’
Others accused Johnson of using his son to distract world leaders and the media from other issues.
One said: ‘Can’t they get someone to pay for a babysitter? Are they so mired in corruption and incompetence that they need to use the kid as a sock puppet?
‘No don’t look at that, look at this, look at his hair, how adorable.’
Another added: ‘The pair of them using their child to distract from the absolute mess they’ve made of the country.
‘Why am I not shocked? It’s what we expect now. Johnson uses everything as an opportunity to showcase himself.’
Source: Daily Mail