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Ruthie Henshall: Welsh weather makes I'm A Celebrity tougher

The show usually takes place in the Australian jungle.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star Ruthie Henshall said the bitterly cold temperatures inside the show’s Welsh castle has made this year’s series tougher than usual.

The West End actress, 53, became the second star booted off the show on Sunday. This year’s I’m A Celebrity is being held at Gwrych Castle in North Wales instead of the usual Australian jungle due to the pandemic.

Henshall said the new venue provided a unique challenge.

Gwrych Castle
Gwrych Castle (ITV/I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!/PA)

“It’s bitter, I kid you not,” she said. “And I think that’s a whole other level that’s been put on top of when they were in the jungle. At least they were warm.

“We had cold put on top of starving, disgusting food, vile trials. It really is a whole other level. The shower, oh my goodness. We were lucky if we got a couple of strands of our hair wet.

“If anybody ever looks at that show and thinks it looks easy, please come and talk to me, because it’s not. And everybody will come out and I bet you they will say the same thing.

“Honestly, I loved that experience and I loved it in a very odd way because it is difficult. But the camaraderie and the experience is one that very few people will ever get in their lives. And I’m really, really glad I did it and I met a load of lovely people. It makes me want to do more telly.”

Ruthie Henshall
Ruthie Henshall (Ian West/PA)

Asked to sum up her experience in three words, Henshall said: “Bitterly, brutally brilliant.”

She also discussed sharing details of her relationship with Prince Edward during a discussion with campmate Shane Richie.

Henshall said: “I might have made a certain joke about something to Shane which I had no idea was being listened to at the time. But it was for a laugh, we were having a good time and I have no regrets.”

Henshall said she had no intention of discussing her royal relationship before she entered the castle but got “carried away”.

She said: “Because you are with people 24/7 and you’re having conversations that you just get carried away with and don’t quite realise how revealing it is.”

The actress said a “little bit” had been revealed and promised to “keep the rest firmly tucked away”.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues on ITV.

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