In a harsh bump back to reality Theresa May was spotted clutching a shopping list in Waitrose just hours after her emotional resignation speech.
With basics like washing up liquid to buy the Prime Minister stopped in a Twyford store to pick up her weekly grocery shop with husband Philip yesterday.
The couple were driven back to their home in Mrs May’s Maidenhead constituency after her speech – as they prepare for their last month in No 10.
She was described as ‘relaxed and casual’ by another shopper, as if she had taken the opportunity to de-stress by walking through the aisles.
With basics like washing up liquid to buy the Prime Minister stopped in a Twyford store to pick up her weekly grocery shop with husband Philip yesterday
The shopper added that while she was accompanied by two bodyguards as Philip wheeled the trolley, Mrs May didn’t appear to mind being out in public after the momentous day.
In her six-and-a-half minute speech in Downing Street Mrs May delivered 1,000 words and held back tears as she announced she would step down as Tory leader on Friday, June 7.
After being nicknamed the ‘Maybot’ over a perceived inability to show emotion she finally broke as she finished addressing the world at 10.10am.
She chocked over her words as she said she was leaving with ‘enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love’.
The couple were driven back to their home in Mrs May’s Maidenhead constituency after her speech – as they prepare for their last month in No 10
Once back inside, No 10 staff gave her a standing ovation, and an emotional Mrs May paid tribute to her husband Phillip.
She told them: ‘It’s been a journey’, before the couple returned to their Berkshire home for the weekend.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Home Secretary Sajid Javid had started a chain-reaction after they both demanded private meetings yesterday and told her face-to-face they would be refusing to back her deal with the EU.
After a night at her Berkshire home with her husband Philip, the couple returned to No 10 together where she told staff she had decided to resign as Tory leader after Donald Trump’s visit to Britain.
Prime Minister Theresa May returned to Downing Street by the back entrance earlier as she prepared to quit after an ill-fated three years in power
The Mays left Downing Street via the back door after she made her dramatic departure announcement today
A meeting with Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, then sealed her fate after Tory backbenchers sent him in threatening to oust her if she failed to name her exit date.
It was shortly after this meeting that she emerged to announce her decision in front of a wall of waiting cameras at 10.04am.
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said at the time: ‘The person closest to her is clearly her husband, and I think somebody has to say look, nobody likes this… Politics is a nasty, sometimes brutal, ghastly business.
‘But the reality is that she has no confidence any longer, not just in her party but in the Cabinet as well. So the best thing for her and the best thing for everybody else is to break away and say it’s time to find a new leader.’
The PM will have discussed her future with her husband but she is thought to have made up her mind up to quit earlier this week after her deal fell flat on Wednesday and Commons leader Andrea Leadsom resigned that evening.
In her speech the PM set out the things she had achieved in office but admitted she had to quit as Tory leader having failed to deliver her promise: delivering Brexit.
Theresa and Philip May have been spotted several times in their local branch of Waitrose in Berkshire, on one occasion with two packets of own-brand crisps and a dozen pink roses
He voice cracked as she said: ‘I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold – the second female Prime Minister but certainly not the last’.
As she walked back in to No 10 she was heard expressing regret that she had been overcome by emotion.
But one aide said the show of tears should be ‘one in the eye for the Maybot reputation’. ‘It has always been a nonsense,’ the source told MailOnline.
Mrs May then made a speech to a room of special advisers, thanking them for their hard work over the past few years. And she paid tribute in particular to her ‘rock’ Philip May.
An aide who was there said: ‘She held it together quite well but at the end when she was thanking Philip she was a bit tearful.’
Mrs May apparently welled up when she said of her time in office, ‘it’s been a journey’.