Blair Bared '02 Miscarriage to Quell Iraq Rumor

Cherie details shock when Tony went public in new autobiography
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2008 12:16 PM CDT
In this picture made available Wednesday Sept. 19, 2007 by Little, Brown Book Group publishing company in London, the cover of a future book by Cherie Blair.   (AP Photo/Little, Brown Book Group, handout)
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(Newser) – Tony Blair's public revelation in 2002 that his wife had suffered a miscarriage halted rumors that his delayed vacation meant the Iraq invasion was imminent—but also appalled Cherie Blair, reports the Times of London. The former PM’s wife unveils some major revelations in her new autobiography, including that the Blairs conceived a child while visiting the queen: The ex-first lady didn’t pack contraceptives because she was embarrassed to take them through royal security.

“I couldn’t believe it. There I was, bleeding, and they were talking about what was going to be the line to the press. I put down the receiver and lay there staring at the ceiling as pain began to grip,” Cherie Blair writes.