Lady Colin Campbell has weighed in on Ruthie Henshall’s shocking revelations about romping with Prince Edward and her rule-breaking encounters with other senior royals during last night’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
Viewers were stunned as the West End star, 53, confided in Shane Richie about her romance with her royal ex boyfriend, who she described as a ‘lovely man.’
Recalling some highlights of their five year romance, Ruthie said she once gave the royal family an intimate – but drunken – performance of show tunes after Prince Charles got her ‘p****d’ on martinis during a jaunt to Balmoral.
She then shockingly bragged to the EastEnders actor: “You performed in Buckingham Palce, you sang in the gardens, I s*d in the bedrooms.”
Lady C was asked to give her opinion on Ruthie’s tales as she appeared on I’m A Celebrity spin off The Daily Drop on Saturday moring – and as usual the typically outspoken star did not hold back.
First Lady C pointed out that Ruthie had broken a number of strict royal protocols in her meetings with senior members of the royal family.
Blasting Ruthie for ‘shaking hands’ with the Queen, Lady C scolded: “She should have said your majesty, curtsied then ‘ma’am’ thereafter.”
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Lady C went on to say that Ruthie’s story proves “that the characterisation that the Royal family is portrayed – in a series that we will not mention by name – is completely inaccurate,” in a reference to Netflix show The Crown.
“There’s all sort of nonsense about the ‘Balmoral Test’, which has never taken place,” she fumed.
The Crown makes reference to the alleged set of rules that newcomers to Balmoral Castle are secretly tested on by the royal family but never directly told about.
Margaret Thatcher is seen failing in the show as she comes downstairs in full black-tie too early in the evening.
Biographer Andrew Morton explained the quirks in Diana: Her True Story: “Ever since Queen Victoria bought the estate in 1848, it has had a special place in the affections of the royal family. However, the very quirks and obscure family traditions which have accrued over the years can intimidate newcomers. ‘Don’t sit there’ they chorus at an unfortunate guest foolish enough to try and sit in a chair in the drawing room which was last used by Queen Victoria.…Those who successfully navigate this social minefield, popularly known as the Balmoral test, are accepted by the royal family.”
But Lady C rubbished the rumoured rules as she she joked about Ruthie’s close relations to Edward.
“Ruthie has proven that the Royals go out of their way at Balmoral to make their guests feel comfortable,” she quipped.
“Also it has to be said that Prince Edward is a really great guy,” she added.
Fellow guest Melvin Odoom responded: “I went to Buckingham Palace once and was told I couldn’t take pictures. To find out that Ruthie was flirting with a Royal in there and got busy in there is a really big deal for me”
Lady C said: “That’s because he lived there. He had his own suite of rooms there. They live there, they can do pretty much what they want.”
The discussion was over Friday night’s jam packed episode, which saw Ruthie divulge stories about her encounters with the royal family that left viewers enthralled.
She revealed that she had been to Windsor, Balmoral and the Queen’s estate in Scotland during her relationship with Prince Edward.
She said: “He invited me to Windsor for the weekend 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 [handshake], forget all about the curtsy and I’m like really really pleased to meet you, really pleased to meet you.”
Fellow campmate Shane then asked: “Did you know Diana much?’
Ruthie replied: “I met her a couple of times and one of my favourite times was we were at Balmoral, there was Diana, The Queen, Margaret, the Queen Mother, Charles, Edward, myself.'”
The theatre star said that Diana was ‘lovely’, however she doesn’t ‘remember an awful lot because Charles gave me my first martini.’
“I’d never tried it before so I was fairly… I had two of them and I was like woah…”, said Ruthie.
“Let me tell you. Margaret she goes “yes, yes, oh sing us a song from that show you’re in” and I was in Les Mis at the time. So I sang I Dreamed A Dream and I must have changed key three times because I was so p****d on martinis.”