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'I'm A Celebrity's Ruthie Henshall claims she never meant to dish on royal romance as she leaves camp

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·3 min read

Watch: Ruthie Henshall gets the boot from I’m A Celeb

I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!’s Ruthie Henshall became the second contestant to leave the camp - and insisted she had never meant to talk about her Royal romance on camera.

The 53-year-old musical performer used to date Prince Edward and told Shane Richie on the ITV reality show how she once serenaded the royal family while drunk on Martinis.

Henshall was evicted from the I’m A Celebrity castle on Sunday night after securing the lowest number of public votes.

Read more: 'I'm A Celebrity's Giovanna Fletcher devastated to miss message from home

Asked by hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly about her royal revelations on the show, she said: “I have never talked about that! It was Shane, he asked me all these questions.

“Before I went in the papers said ‘Bosses are hoping Henshall will spill the beans’ and I thought, ‘I will not spill the beans!’

“I felt like I was having a chat with a mate. It was only afterwards I realised...”

She joked: “I could have made some money and sold my story!”

Henshall admitted: “It’s amazing the epiphany you have in there, because you’ve got no devices, nothing to take your mind off things, so you get into conversations and forget there are cameras all around you.”

The West End star hugged all her fellow celebrities as she left the camp and told them she loved them.

But as she approached hosts McPartlin and Donnelly for her exit interview they told her: “We’re not allowed to hug you!” And they sat a safe two metre distance away from her, in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23:  Actress Ruthie Henshall attends the Abingdon Theatre Company 25th Anniversary Gala at The Edison Ballroom on October 23, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
Ruthie Henshall is a single mum to two teenage girls. (Getty Images)

Henshall - a single mother to daughters Lily, 17, and Dolly, 15 - became emotional as she talked about how pleased she was to see her children again.

Fighting back tears she said: “As a mother all you think about is the things you do wrong, you never think about the things you do right. And I had a really good chance to talk to the mums in there.

“I’ve been a single mum for so long and you have no idea what you’re doing and sometimes you wish there was somebody else there to ask.”

Henshall married Canadian actor and singer Tim Howar in 2004, but they divorced in 2009 after five years together.

The performer entered the ITV reality show three days after it had begun, along with opera star Russell Watson.

Vernon Kay, Beverley Callard, Sir Mo Farah CBE, Jessica Plummer, Shane Richie, Victoria Derbyshire, AJ Pritchard, Giovanna Fletcher, Hollie Arnold MBE and Jordan North in a promotional still for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV)
Vernon Kay, Beverley Callard, Sir Mo Farah CBE, Jessica Plummer, Shane Richie, Victoria Derbyshire, AJ Pritchard, Giovanna Fletcher, Hollie Arnold MBE and Jordan North in a promotional still for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, I’m A Celebrity is being shot at Gwrych Castle in north Wales this year, instead of the Australian jungle.

Read more: 'I'm A Celeb's Victoria Derbyshire: I thought I would die after cancer diagnosis

On Friday night paralympic javelin thrower Hollie Arnold, 26, became the first celebrity to be evicted from the camp.

Sunday night’s show also saw Giovanna Fletcher in tears yet again after she was denied the chance to hear a message from her family.

TV presenter Vernon Kay was sent a message from his wife, Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly and their daughters Phoebe, 15, and Amber, 11.

Daly wrote: “Remember you said you just wanted to make your girls proud? Well we are watching every night and we are all so proud!”

He said tearfully: “Thank you. It means so much.”

Watch: Giovanna Fletcher become the new camp leader