‘It’s a tough gig’ Countryfile’s Ellie Harrison speaks out on Prince Charles after meeting

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Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison, 43, has spoken out after talking to Prince Charles, 72, during a segment on the popular BBC wildlife show, branding the Royal’s life “a tough gig”. The blonde bombshell said that she sympathises with the senior member of the Royal Family, who she said has an “exhausting” job.

I thought he was fabulous – but what a tough job he has

Ellie Harrison

Speaking to Mail Online, the mother-of-three weighed in on what a difficult job the Prince of Wales must have.

Ellie said: “I thought he was fabulous – but what a tough job he has.”

The former Channel 5 secretary was applauded by viewers for her straightforward approach to interviewing the senior member of the Royal Family.

Despite her no-nonsense approach, Ellie admitted to being nervous when sitting down with the Royal before expressing sympathy over what a difficult job he has.

Commenting on the Duke’s royal duties, Ellie said: “It’s like walking into a party and having to talk to everyone and make them feel comfortable and laugh all the time.”

However, the Countryfile star revealed that despite having pre-interview nerves, Prince Charles put her and her co-stars at ease.

“He talked to each of us and we were all nervous,” she said.

“It must be exhausting, though he’s incredibly good at it. It’s a tough gig – a very dutiful life,” Ellie added.

Ellie sat down with the Prince in a special episode of Countryfile, called A Royal Appointment, which saw the BBC team visit the Royal’s Gloucestershire farm to explore his passion for the countryside.

The BBC host discussed the charity UTASS, Upper Teesdale Agriculture Support Services, with the Duke and looked at how it was helping to improve conditions for struggling farmers of Teesdale.

The star started presenting BBC show Countryfile in 2009 after initially wanting to launch a career as a country music singer.

But after working as a secretary at Channel 5, Ellie filled in for Michaela Strachan on her show Michaela’s Wild Challenge while she was on maternity leave.

While presenting the programme, the show won a BAFTA and Ellie went on to become a freelance TV presenter.

In the past few years, the star has co-hosted Secret Britain as well as Dinosaur Britain on ITV.

She also appeared on Countryfile spin-offs, including Countryfile Live and Countryfile Ramble for Children in Need, and in November 2017, sang to raise money for the BBC charity.

Elsewhere, the star recalled the moment she knew she wanted to pursue a career in wildlife.

Speaking to The Radio Times, Ellie addressed the emotional moment: “I remember seeing a housefly stuck on one of those sticky pieces of flypaper, and I couldn’t bear it. I had to rescue it.”

“I got tweezers and a cupful of water, spending half an hour doing this poor thing absolutely no good whatsoever, and then feeling utterly wretched that it had died at human hands.”

“Also the cows’ field next to us was filled with ragwort, which is poisonous to cows, and my dad and I would spend our entire summers clearing it away”, Ellie added.

Countryfile airs Sunday at 7pm on BBC One.

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