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In the summer of 2008, the Camerons were flown in Freud’s private plane, a Gulfstream IV, to meet Rupert Murdoch on his yacht, Rosehearty, off the Greek island of Santorini. Also on board were singer Billy Joel and Mr and Mrs Brooks. The Freuds’ yacht, the Elisabeth F, was moored nearby.
Afterwards, Cameron was flown on to Turkey in the jet for a family holiday. The two vessels then sailed on to Corfu where the Freud-Murdoch party enjoyed a dinner at Rothschild’s holiday home on the island. It was at the meal that Lord Mandelson was reported to have ‘dripped pure poison’ about Gordon Brown, leading to a furious political row.
The Labour peer and Freud have been friends since the Nineties, when Mandelson appointed him to the Millennium Dome committee.