Royal wedding makes Lord Mandelson consider tying the knot
The peer said he needed to have a discussion with his partner of 20 years.
Harry and Meghan’s wedding has inspired Labour’s Peter Mandelson to consider marrying his long-term partner.
The Labour peer said the happy occasion had made him wonder whether it was time to tie the knot with his partner after 20 years of living together.
Lord Mandelson has previously shrugged off questions over whether he would formalise his relationship with Reinaldo Avila da Silva.
“Even I am wondering if I should finally tie the knot with my partner after 20 years of living together”— Peston (@itvpeston) May 20, 2018
Lord Mandelson says the Royal Wedding made him so happy he is now considering getting married. #Peston pic.twitter.com/FVBqVkXS3u
But he told ITV One’s Peston on Sunday: “People all over the country are going to feel inspired, they are all going to want to run out and get married now.
“Even I am now wondering whether I should finally tie the knot with my partner after 20 years of living together.
“I’m now thinking about it. We need a discussion about this.”
Lord Mandelson later suggested he had “almost gone further” than he should have done and insisted it was not a “unilateral decision”.
Culture Secretary Matt Hancock urged the peer to look into the camera and make a proposal on live television.
.@MattHancock: “Getting married was the best decision I ever made so I think Peter should look at camera 3 right now and get those words out.”— Peston (@itvpeston) May 20, 2018
Watch what Lord Mandelson did next… #Peston pic.twitter.com/yRJ5E9Sg9s
But Lord Mandelson suggested it was time to press on with interviewing the Cabinet minister.
Lord Mandelson said the wedding showed the princes were “well brought up boys” and they had “married well”.
“The whole thing was completely sparkling. It was brilliant.
“I think that Harry and Meghan, but also William and Kate, are a complete credit to their family and to the job they are doing.
“And, I think they have probably secured the royal family and the monarchy for a long time to come.”