The former British ambassador to the US, Sir Christopher Meyer, has died aged 78.
According to the Daily Mail, the previous diplomat suffered a stroke whereas on vacation together with his spouse Catherine within the French Alps.
Confirming his loss of life on Twitter, the present ambassador Karen Pierce wrote: “Very sad to see former British Ambassador to the US Christopher Meyer has died.
“He was one in all my predecessors, however I first met him 30 years in the past after we served below Robin Renwick.
“He was a great diplomat and a great character. All our thoughts are with Catherine and his family.”
Boris Johnson additionally paid tribute to Sir Christopher.
“Saddened to hear of the death of Sir Christopher Meyer. He was a dedicated public servant throughout his career and devoted his life to international diplomacy. My thoughts are with his wife Catherine and his loved ones,” he posted on social media.
Former defence secretary Penny Mordaunt added: “So sorry to hear that Sir Christopher Meyer has passed away. A great public servant and friend. I loved his passion for his country, his warmth and humour. Thoughts with his family and all who loved him.”
Sir Christopher served as ambassador to the US for six years from 1997, having beforehand been press secretary to then Conservative Prime Minister John Major between 1994 and 1996.
His memoirs, DC Confidential, launched in 2005, centred on his time in Washington and had been closely vital of Tony Blair over his dealing with of the interval main as much as the Iraq War.
That battle was to be the dominant function of George W Bush’s presidency, however when Sir Christopher first met him he stated he was confronted with a politician with a restricted world view.
He wrote: “Bush admitted that, apart from Mexico, he did not know much about international affairs and that he would do well to broaden his experience.”
After retiring from the diplomatic service, Sir Christopher served as chairman of the Press Complaints Commission between 2003 and 2009, his time there coinciding with the cellphone hacking scandal and the jailing in 2007 of the News of the World reporter, Clive Goodman, and the enquiry agent, Glenn Mulcaire.
As the size of the scandal grew he was criticised for not having introduced extra these accountable to account, regardless of missing the powers to truly achieve this.
In 2018 he was hospitalised after being attacked by a young person at Victoria Station.