It was a selfie that catapulted her onto the world stage but according to PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s husband, there was one more famous face involved than intended.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Thorning-Schmidt’s husband Steven Kinnock accused British PM David Cameron of pulling off perhaps the most epic photobombing of all time by “muscling in” on his wife's selfie with US President Barack Obama at the December 2013 memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
“For me, the most striking thing about the selfie was our prime minister muscling in on the left. She [Thorning-Schmidt, ed.] was sitting and chatting with Obama, then the selfie idea somehow emerged, and then suddenly Cameron appeared in the shot and managed to muscle himself in on the picture,” Kinnock, who is running for parliament as a Labour candidate in Aberavon in Wales, said.
Beyond accusing Cameron of being an unwelcome guest in his wife’s photo, Kinnock also told the Huffington Post that he fully supports his wife’s “quite unusual” job.
“It is hard sometimes. You do live apart for periods of time. I know that her job is quite unusual but I do think there are a lot of people out there who spend time apart, people with increasingly international careers or if you're married to someone in the army,” he said.
“We've been very fortunate that it works for us,” Kinnock added.
Kinnock and Thorning-Schmidt have two teenaged daughters. The elder, 18-year-old Johanna, lives in Wales while 15-year-old Camilla lives with her prime minister mother in Denmark.