Scroll down for transcripts as the pair discuss the death of Princess Diana, election victories, the future threat of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, the Northern Ireland peace process and fatherhood.
Bill Clinton told Tony Blair his fears for Prince William and Harry in the wake of Princess Diana’s death, declassified phone transcripts have shown.
“I worry a lot about those kids now,” Mr Clinton told Mr Blair after calling London while on holiday at the US presidential retreat at Martha’s Vineyard before the former prime minister shared his personal grief at the death in 1997.
Records of all of the phone conversations Mr Clinton and the former prime minister shared between 1997 and 2000 have been published by the Clinton Presidential Library, covering more than 500 pages.
Though heavily redacted in some parts, the transcripts still give an intriguing insight into the leaders’ special relationship as they talk through major events of the period, including the Northern Ireland peace process, the crisis in Kosovo and unrest in the Middle East.
But the documents also detail more personal exchanges, including their conversation on September 1, 1997, the day after Princess Diana died.
The pair went on to discuss Diana’s public adoration and difficult relationship with the royal family, with Mr Blair describing the impact of her death in a Paris car crash as “like a star falling”.
The first phone exchange between the pair has the American president, a year into his second term in office, congratulating the new prime minister on his landslide election victory in May 1997.
Amid the reams of transcripts made public by the Clinton Presidential Library is Mr Clinton’s prediction that Iraq could become a “real nightmare” for Mr Blair in the new millennium.
Mr Blair offers regular praise to Mr Clinton for his key role in the Northern Ireland peace process, with the US president clearly directing much of the policy positions formulated by the two nations up until his final days in office.
The pair’s “matey” relationship is evident in many of the conversations across the three years they shared power.
Mr Clinton even offered himself up as a babysitter for Mr Blair’s son Leo, who was born in 2000, after he left the White House.