In his first interview in 40 years, Lord Colin Campbell has opened up about his ex-wife Lady Colin Campbell.
Lord Colin Campbell tells the Sun on Sunday about the day he found out Lady C had been raised as a man:“I was stunned. I simply could not believe what I was hearing.”
“After she told me I could not even bring myself to look at my wife, let alone touch her.”
“My brother, the Duke of Argyll, called me and asked: ‘Do you realise you have married a man?’.”
“He was wrong about that, I now realise, but it was a massive shock at the time. Before then I had not had the slightest suspicion.
“She was a beautiful, flirtatious young woman when I met her. But I soon discovered that she is trouble with a capital T.
“If I could offer any advice to the other contestants in the jungle it would be to avoid her at all costs.”
Lady C later explained her father, from a wealthy Jamaican family, forced her to take male hormones when she insisted on dressing as a girl.
He also suggested she kill herself with rat poison to avoid shaming the family. In 1970, aged 21, Lady C was able to start life as a woman when her grandmother gave her £3,000 for corrective surgery in New York.
Lord Colin hit the bottle as he struggled to cope with the scandal.
The pair separated after ten months and divorced four months later.
He said: “Looking back I do feel sorry for her, but she should have told me the truth. Things were not so liberal back then and the scandal was deeply embarrassing for my family.”
Speaking to the tabloid, Lord Colin Campbell branded Lady C a “monster” and declared: “I think she’s a crushing snob and a complete fake.”
He told the newspaper: “She keeps claiming to be related to the Royal Family through me. How does that work? I am not related to the Queen, not at all.
“I find it infuriating she continues to call herself Lady Colin Campbell.”
Lady C and Lord Colin married in the 1970s but their relationship lasted all of ten months.
“We were never compatible. We had vicious rows and there was constant nonsense,” Lord Colin explained. “Her voice would irritate me. I read it is an aristocratic accent. Well, it’s not like any I have ever heard.”
He continued: “She has proven to be a constant embarrassment including when she wrote that ghastly book about Prince Charles and Princess Diana. I met the Prince of Wales and apologised to him for the scribblings of my ex-wife. “I said I hoped he realised it was nothing to do with me. He said he understood.”
In his interview, Lord Colin added: “I have not spoken to her since the day we divorced in 1975. I have not watched I’m A Celebrity.
“She’s bad news and I hope I never have to lay eyes on her again.”
She has made quite an impact in the I’m A Celebrity jungle, with her odd behaviour sparking many different audience opinions at home, with many claiming she is entertaining whereas others want her out as soon as possible.
I’m A Celebrity continues tonight with another live elimination at 9pm on ITV.