Stanley Johnson has admitted that he broke lockdown rules to buy a newspaper after his grandchild was born.
The Prime Minister’s dad confessed to breaking the strict measures during an appearance on Friday’s Good Morning Britain.
Boris Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds announced last Wednesday that they had welcomed a baby boy Mr Johnson was discharged from intensive care where he had been battling coronavirus.
Last week, Ms Symonds shared the name of the couple’s first child together as Wilfred Lawries Nicholas.
The tot was namedin tribute to Mr Johnson’s grandfather, Carrie’s grandfather and after Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart – the two doctors that saved Boris’ life last month.
Stanley spoke of his delight at becoming a grandfather again and that his grandchild was named Wilfred after the PM’s grandfather, a Second World War RAF pilot who was awarded the DFC after his achievements in the RAF.
“I’m thrilled that Boris and Carrie have named their boy … after my father Wilfred,” he told Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins on the ITV programme.
“It’s a wonderful strange feeling actually to see that this name is going to live on in this young boy.”
He went on to explain how he broke the rules by driving to a petrol station: “I actually broke the lockdown rule…I’ve got to say – well, my car was pretty much on empty anyway.
“But I went, I said ‘there’s bound to be something in the papers’ and went across to the garage … I said ‘I know I’m not really meant to be out buying a newspaper, I’m not sure it’s an essential journey, but I just think there’s something in the paper today about my 14th grandchild’.”
Stanley also spoke about how he prayed for his son when he was at “death’s door” after his son was admitted to intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital in London suffering with Covid-19.
“I think I was as worried as any father would be if their child is at death’s door,” he said.
“I was certainly worried, I’ve got to tell you, I make no bones about it, I said a prayer or two.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.