Saturday 15 December 2018

James Middleton's girlfriend Donna Air gives her verdict on Meghan Markle

The Byker Grove star talks Dancing On Ice and a royal wedding.

James Middleton and Donna Air, left, and Meghan Markle, right
James Middleton and Donna Air, left, and Meghan Markle, right
Britain's Prince Harry's and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Britain, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Arthur Edwards/Pool
Meghan Markle meets members of the public during a walkabout as she visits Cardiff Castle
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle watch a dance performance by Jukebox Collective in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Britain, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Ben Birchall/Pool
Prince Harry whispers to Meghan Markle as they watch a dance performance by Jukebox Collective in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chat with people inside the Drawing Room during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry whispers to Meghan Markle as they watch a dance performance by Jukebox Collective in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet members of the public during a walkabout as they visit Cardiff Castle
James Middleton (L) and Donna Air attend The Animal Ball 2016 presented by Elephant Family at Victoria House on November 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Elephant Family)
James Middleton (L) and Donna Air attend the inaugural Roll Out The Red Ball in aid of the British Heart Foundation at The Park Lane Hotel on February 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving the Star Hub in Tremorfa, Cardiff where they viewed how sport is being used to engage young people and aid social development
Donna Air who appears in this week's edition of the magazine. Picture: Hello! Magazine/PA Wire

By Kerri-Ann Roper, Press Association Entertainment Editor

TV personality Donna Air has said Prince Harry’s fiancee, Meghan Markle, “seems very nice” after meeting her last year at Pippa Middleton’s wedding.

Air, 38, who is currently competing on ITV’s Dancing On Ice, has had an on-off relationship James Middleton, the brother of the Duchess of Cambridge, for a few years.

Kate Middleton’s younger sister Pippa, wed James Matthews in May last year at a ceremony held at St Mark’s church in the Berkshire village of Englefield.

Air told Hello!: “She (Meghan) seems very nice. Everyone loves a royal wedding!”

Donna Air who appears in this week's edition of the magazine. Picture: Hello! Magazine/PA Wire
Donna Air who appears in this week's edition of the magazine. Picture: Hello! Magazine/PA Wire

Prince Harry and Ms Markle, 36, will marry at Windsor Castle in May this year.

Talking about her current stint on the ice, Air told Hello!: “It’s been lovely to have the support of everyone. It’s quite funny because you think, ‘Oh I don’t want anyone there – it’s distracting. I just want to skate and get it done.’ But having people there – my closest – on the first skate was really helpful.”

She said she had agreed to do the show to set a good example for her 14-year-old daughter, Freya.

She said: “Life is about experiences, and if you get the chance to do something you should grab it. The reason you don’t do things, quite often, is fear. I want to teach her to be brave. It’s okay to fail. What it’s not okay to do is not try, and to be scared… you have to lead by example.”

James Middleton (L) and Donna Air attend the inaugural Roll Out The Red Ball in aid of the British Heart Foundation at The Park Lane Hotel on February 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
James Middleton (L) and Donna Air attend the inaugural Roll Out The Red Ball in aid of the British Heart Foundation at The Park Lane Hotel on February 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)

The former Byker Grove star also said she is embracing her age and that “getting older is liberating”.

“The joy of getting older is that you get to a point where you don’t care. It would be a bit strange at my age if I was dominated by what people think. It’s liberating, getting older,” she told Hello!

CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chat with people inside the Drawing Room during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chat with people inside the Drawing Room during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Read the full interview in this week’s Hello!

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