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Actress and West End star Ruthie Henshall, 53, opened up to her campmate Shane Richie about her five-year romance with Prince Edward after he told a story about performing at Buckingham Palace. Shane, who has already been called out for name-dropping on the series, told his fellow celebs: “I did Buckingham Palace during the lockdown.” However, his remarks were nothing compared to the insight about the royal family Ruthie detailed from her romance with Prince Edward.
Shane gushed: “It’s incredible, everyone asks, ‘Did you steal anything?’ And I got some toilet roll but it was just a normal toilet roll.
“I was expecting it to have some royal seal on it or something!”
Russell Watson, who has also performed for the royals, added: “I nicked a coat hanger from Windsor Castle!”
Unimpressed, Jordan North remarked: “A coat hanger, I mean come on. You’d at least nick a crown… Maybe not a crown. That’s illegal.
But later on, Shane was in the sleeping quarters and as Ruthie walked past, she said to him: “You performed in Buckingham Palace, you sang in the gardens, I sh*gged in the bedrooms!”
Enraptured, Shane replied: “I want to talk to you about that. You want to talk about it?”
“Yes,” she replied, as she made her way over to him and the two sat in Shane’s hammock. “It’s funny, it’s such a long time ago.”
“Come on, tell me about Prince Edward,” begged Shane.
“Lovely bloke, and I genuinely fell in love with him,” she replied.
Shane explained in the Telegraph: “There was a headline years ago wasn’t there? ‘The Prince and the showgirl.’”
Detailing how they came to know each other, Ruthie dished: “He was a production assistant at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s. And [Prince Andrew] then called me himself and he wanted me to play the lead in A Star Is Born.
“And Edward was my point of contact, he was the one who’d call me up and say, ‘You’re rehearsing at 2 o’clock’ or whatever.
“And he said to me, ‘Would you like to come to mine and watch the film of A Star Is Born with me and you can have some dinner?’
“I was like, ‘What, at the Palace, is that where you live?!’”
Shane remarked: “Is that what he meant? God that is so weird, watching A Star Is Born with Prince Edward.”
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Later, he joked: “Her first date was to Buckingham Palace. Can you believe that? Blimey, my first date was Little Chef.”
Shane teased her: “So when did you think, ‘We’re going to do jiggy boom boom, we’re going to do jiggy boom boom soon. I’m going to be new queen of England!’”
“No!” protested Ruthie, shutting down his probe. “He invited me to Windsor for the weekend, and as we’re walking I’m seeing a table outside and there’s people sitting round it and I’m thinking, ‘That looks like the Queen,’ and I remembered my dad had said to me that if you ever meet the Queen he said you curtsy and call her ma’am.
“I grab her hand like this,” Ruthie demonstrated a friendly handshake.
“I forget all about the curtsy and I’m like, ‘Really really pleased to meet you, really pleased to meet you!’”
“Did you know Diana much?” asked Shane
“I met her a couple of times,” said Ruthie. “One of my favourite times was, we were at Balmoral, there was Diana, The Queen, Margaret, the Queen Mother, Charles, Edward, myself.”
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.
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