X Factor's Caroline: I took Flack for being wild about Harrys
Published 11/10/2015 | 05:11
X Factor host Caroline Flack has lifted the lid on her friendship with Prince Harry, as well as revealing how she was branded a "paedophile" and had a voodoo doll made of her by One Direction fans after she began dating Harry Styles.
Flack, 35, spoke of the difficulties of being thought of as the Prince's "bit of rough" after it emerged they had grown close in her autobiography, Storm In A C Cup.
In the book, previewed in the Sun On Sunday, Flack described how she met Harry on a night out in 2009 through mutual friend Natalie Pinkham after she had split with a boyfriend.
She said they "spent the evening chatting and laughing", but "once the story got out, that was it. We had to stop seeing each other."
She said: "I was no longer Caroline Flack, TV presenter, I was Caroline Flack, Prince Harry's bit of rough."
Flack, who with Olly Murs took over hosting duties for the current series of the X Factor from Dermot O'Leary, also described how she shocked fans when she began dating One Direction's Harry Styles two years later.
Despite the age gap - she was 31, he just 17 - she said she was flattered that he had a "crush" on her, which he had made "pretty obvious".
She said: "It was flattering and I found it amusing. He was a kind of cheeky man/boy with a captivating smile who got what he wanted."
The pair hid their romance from Simon Cowell as they both worked for him at the time, and Flack described their relationship as "a bit of fun".
She added: "We were both single, we got on well and we had a laugh."
But things turned sour when Styles was spotted leaving her house one morning, and people began calling her a "pervert" and "paedophile" in the street.
Flack, who last year won Strictly Come Dancing, described how a One Direction fan magazine portrayed her with a voodoo doll, while another fan on Twitter threatened to shoot her.
She said: "There was a moment when we just thought, s***, this has gone really dark. So perhaps we did the wrong thing, who knows."