Caroline Flack discusses Prince Harry in 2015
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The late TV presenter’s time in the media spotlight is being reexamined in the new documentary Caroline Flack: Her Life And Death. The 40-year-old rose to fame on Bo’ Selecta before she transitioned to present spin-off shows for The X Factor and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Tragically, Flack took her own life last February and since then a broad discussion has been had about mental health.
Flack bravely spoke out about her own struggles and shamed those who had criticised her on social media.
She urged people to “be kind” and consider the impact of their words in a number of interviews.
In 2016, Flack called out trolls who “wouldn’t come up to you in the street” but found it “really easy to say” horrible things online.
She told the Daily Mirror that she had been branded “big, fat and ugly” on social media.
Flack’s life away from the camera drew a lot of attention and a number of articles were published about her relationships.
Among them were articles linking her to Prince Harry and former One Direction star Harry Styles.
Flack addressed the rumours about Prince Harry in her 2015 autobiography Storm In A C Cup.
She divulged further details about her relationships during an interview on This Morning.
Flack said she decided to write about her life and past romances after she won Strictly Come Dancing in 2014.
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On This Morning, she said: “I don’t really talk about relationships as such.
“I do make a point in the book that I don’t talk about Prince Harry because it’s just not my place to talk about someone else.
“I don’t think you can talk about how someone feels or what someone else does – this is all about how I felt and my emotions.”
ITV star Ben Shephard read out an extract from Flack’s book that detailed how she met the royal.
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It read: “To meet a prince is so unlikely it would be weird not to acknowledge it.
“However, once the story got out that was it, we had to stop seeing each other.
“I was no longer ‘Caroline Flack, TV presenter’, I was ‘Caroline Flack, Prince Harry’s bit of rough.’”
When quizzed about whether they dated, she confirmed: “It wasn’t really a relationship.”
Flack felt she “had to talk about” her links to the Queen’s grandson to expose “the effect it caused” on her life.
She said: “I talk about it because it was so intrusive and it’s not just showbiz journalists going ‘Oh, what’s happened?’”
Flack claimed people were “standing outside” the houses of her mother, father, brother, sisters and even her grandmother.
She continued: “[They were] literally just going for my family.
“That’s why it’s wise to talk about it because it’s important to talk about stuff like that because that’s not normal.”
Similarly, Prince Harry claimed invasion of privacy led to his and Meghan Markle’s decision to leave senior roles within the Royal Family.
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They discussed the impact on their mental health during a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was broadcast earlier this month.
During the sit-down, Harry admitted his fear of “history repeating itself” after Meghan told him she had suicidal thoughts.
Prior to the publication of Flack’s book, she contacted Harry to let him know he would be featured in extracts.
While she would not divulge what the royal said in response, she added: “I would never put anything in a book that someone didn’t want in there.”
Flack was asked if she thought there “would have been a future” between her and Harry if stories about them hadn’t caused such a stir.
Through laughter, she said: “I’m not going to say that, I have never said that I had a relationship with him and I still don’t say that.”
Flack hinted that she was not the right kind of person for him and they had been brought up very differently.
She said: “Could you imagine? I mean there’s a stain in my jumper.”
Caroline Flack: Her Life And Death airs at 9pm Wednesday on Channel 4.
For help with depression or other mental health difficulties, please call the Samaritans for free on 116 123, email [email protected] or visit here: www.samaritans.org.
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