Prime Minister Boris Johnson is allegedly worried about his personal financial situation and his ability to afford childcare on his £150,000-a-year salary.
Friends close to the PM, speaking to the Times, have described him as having "misery etched on his face" as he leads the country through the coronavirus pandemic and seemingly unending Brexit negotiations.
Sources close to Boris claim that part of his recent drop in mood can be put down to money worries after he gave up a cushy job writing columns in the Daily Telegraph – reportedly for up to £275,000 – and lucrative fees he could rake in as a guest speaker at events.
The Prime Minister is also thought to be concerned about supporting four of his six children through university, while also affording childcare costs for his youngest son, Wilfred, born on 29 April this year.
Along with his wife, Carrie, he has use of the flat above No.11 Downing Street, which is taxed as a benefit in kind.
He also has to pay for food sent up from Downing Street's kitchen and is presented with a bill by the Government every time he wants to host friends at his country retreat, Chequers.
One friend told The Times : "Boris, like other prime ministers, is very, very badly served. He doesn't have a housekeeper - he has a single cleaner and they're worried about being able to afford a nanny.
"He's stuck in the flat and Downing Street is not a nice place to live. It's not like the Élysée or the White House where you can get away from it all because they're so big. Even if he or Carrie want to go into the rose garden they have to go through the office."
It's also claimed that Boris has not enjoyed having to impose heavy-handed government restrictions such as lockdown and the Rule of Six, and some claim this has led to a huge change in his usually sunny demeanour in recent weeks.
The PM was himself struck down by Covid-19 earlier this year, with his condition worsening to such a degree that he was hospitalised for several days.