Jane McDonalds royal confession over Queen being most consistent part of her life

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The 58-year-old returns to screens tonight as she fronts her much loved Channel 5 show Cruising with Jane McDonald. The programme takes viewers on a sea of journeys, as she travels on cruises across the oceans of the world. This year has been a difficult one for the TV star, who sadly lost her fiance Eddie Rothe in March, when The Searchers drummer passed away with cancer aged 67.

In an interview two months after Eddie’s death, Jane spoke about how her life has been since then and what she has been doing to keep her mind away from darkness.

She noted how a trip to Hampton Court Palace while filming one of her Cruising series, helped her find happiness.

She said: “I have always been a fan of the royals.

“The Queen has been the most consistent thing in my life!”

While at Hampton Court, Jane also had the opportunity to live like a certain royal once did, as she played tennis dressed up as Henry VIII.

Laughing, she said: “I do love an outfit!

“I’ve never played tennis in my life, but I wish I’d done it years ago.

“You just hit a ball don’t you? It was really good fun.”

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But after Eddie’s death, fans were worried about the former Loose Women star, who reached out to them with an Instagram post to keep them updated.

She wrote: “I want to thank everyone most sincerely for the wonderful cards and messages of support that I have received since the awful news was announced that I had lost my beloved Ed.

“I’m so touched by each and every one. All the kind thoughts and words have meant so much to me and many of you have let me know that you are going through the same thing as me having lost loved ones and I wish you all love and strength back.

“I’m hugely grateful for everyone who very kindly donated to the Just Giving page for Wakefield Hospice in Ed’s memory. It’s been a tough time for us all recently and I know that better days are ahead.”

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Jane and Ed had started dating in 2008, 20 years after they first met.

They became engaged on Christmas Eve that year.

Jane’s social media accounts announced the heartbreaking news of Eddie’s death earlier this year.

One account said: “It is with immense sadness that we share the news that Jane’s beloved life partner, Ed, passed away on Friday 26th March.

“He had been battling lung cancer for the last few months. We would like to thank everyone for all their help and support during this very difficult time, especially the NHS staff and the wonderful team at The Wakefield Hospice.”

Jane has been married twice before and met her second husband Henrik Brixen filming The Cruise, for the BBC.

Henrik was on the vessel, working as a plumber at the time, before they started their romance, marrying in 1998.

That wedding was featured in The Cruise, and Henrik then took over the running of Jane’s career.

But four years later, the couple decided to call it a day, with both concerned they were stopping Jane’s career from being as successful as it could be.

Jane told the Mirror in 2018: “Henrik tried his very, very best and he was brilliant at what he did, but he didn’t know the industry.

“We’d come to a point where Henrik had made quite a few enemies and he said, ‘If I don’t leave you, you are never going to have a career.’ And that is why I never talk about Henrik in a bad light at all because he was the one that walked out of the marriage to save my career.”

Cruising with Jane McDonald airs tonight at 6pm on Channel 5.

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