Last week, an official investigation into the visa case concluded that Blunkett’s office had indeed helped in speeding through Fortier’s nanny’s application. However, investigators could not reach a decision on whether Blunkett had actually ordered it.
Blunkett, who has a reputation for being stubborn and strong-willed and who wanted Fortier to leave Quinn and settle down with him, is still reeling from the end of the affair.
“I misunderstood what we had. I misunderstood that someone could do this, not just to me but to a little one as well,” he told the British press. The former government minister, who has three adult sons by his ex-wife, said he was always prepared for the consequences of a paternity battle.
“If I was ever going to see my youngest son again, if I was ever going to hold him as I did as a baby in my arms, there were going to be consequences. In time people will understand what I have been through, what I am prepared to go through, what I was prepared to sacrifice along with my three older sons for that little boy,” he said when he resigned.
Stay tuned. Fortier is said to have kept meticulous, detailed notes of her affair with Blunkett, and the U.K. press is already speculating about the possibility of a major book deal.
The papers also suspect that, when the dust settles, Fortier may return to California with her children, provided the paternity case turns out in her favor.