Penny Lancaster tore apart Prince Harry’s ‘dragging of royals through mud’ in outburst

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The 50-year-old is back on screens tonight as she takes part in the BBC’s Celebrity MasterChef, alongside the likes of Megan McKenna, Melanie Sykes, Patrick Grant and Nabil Abdulrashid. The star has a history of wowing audiences on reality TV shows, including the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, where she impressed viewers in 2007. More recently, it was confirmed the English model had begun volunteering as a special constable with the City of London Police.

By April 2021, Penny had completed her training and is now a fully qualified special constable with powers of arrest.

Penny, who is married to legendary crooner Sir Rod Stewart, is often forthright in her opinions, and never shies from making her feelings known.

And in one outburst, she ripped apart Prince Harry’s comments on why he wanted to move away from the royals earlier this year.

Speaking on ITV’s Loose Women, Penny and the panel were discussing whether they had been losing sympathy with Harry, and his wife Meghan Markle.

The Duke of Sussex had just appeared on the Armchair Expert podcast with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman.

He discussed his struggles with mental health, as well as his time in the military, in a similarly candid fashion to Harry’s CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.

But with Harry telling interviewers and audiences why he wanted to leave the Firm in the first place, the likes of Penny were left confused as to what he actually wanted now he wasn’t a senior royal.

Penny said: “I wouldn’t think it’s losing sympathy. I think it’s more about losing a little respect and understanding of what he’s going through.

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“It seems he’s jumped from what he calls ‘the zoo’ into a big goldfish bowl.

“I don’t think if you want to disappear out of that limelight and the pressure that comes with it, then I think Los Angeles has got to be the craziest place to move.

“If they’d run off to a remote village in Italy somewhere then people would go ‘Ah, see they couldn’t handle the press or the pressure and now they really have attempted to start a new life.”

She continued: “Completely new start, but Los Angeles doesn’t seem like the place to go and, of course, talk about mental health – it’s extremely important.

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“But sort of dragging the family through the mud while you’re doing it, doesn’t seem like the right thing to do if you’re trying to get the public on your side.”

Brenda Edwards, who was also on the panel, said she “will always have sympathy” for Harry and his elder brother Prince William because of what they went through after their mother Princess Diana died.

She noted how she could “can personally relate to this” and that them being forced to walk behind their mother’s coffin at the funeral “will never leave their minds”.

Brenda added: “Until you have walked in that shoe. I don’t think you’re in a position to criticise.

“You don’t know what he is going through mentally. I’ve gone through things mentally and I’m 52 and I was four.

“So, it doesn’t get any better. It might get easier but still, I think people should focus on the mental health information that he’s giving out and focus on the good things.

“Rather than talking about the negatives. His family is part of his upbringing and we don’t know anything about it.”

Celebrity MasterChef continues tonight on BBC One from 9pm.

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