Alan Titchmarsh is a much-loved TV gardener, known for his decades of experience presenting shows including Ground Force, Love Your Garden and the Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Alan, 72, has a long and established career under his belt and has made a name for himself in the world of wholesome TV royalty.
Given how long Alan has been on our screens, it’s unsurprising that he has shared a number of hilarious anecdotes in interviews over the years.
In one such anecdote, Alan shared an unbelievable story detailing the time he was told off by the late Prince Phillip .
In April this year, the TV gardener revealed that he received a letter from the Duke of Edinburgh pointing out all the mistakes he had made in a book about royal gardeners.
In a BBC interview, Alan pulled out the letter which he described as a “cherished” document. Alan read out some extracts from the letter in a heartwarming tribute to the late Prince.
The letter read: “On the chapter devoted to Elizabeth the Second, you go onto to say ‘outdoor activities were very much more their scene, riding and horse racing for the Queen, shooting and carriage driving for the Duke.’
“As I am sure you appreciate, shooting does not go on all year round and I only took up carriage driving in 1973 after playing polo for twenty years!”
Alan said: “He then lists everything he has done in the home park here, the avenues he’s planted, the oaks he did and it just goes on.”
The Duke thought it was important to put Alan straight: “I don’t expect you to do anything about this,” he wrote. “But I thought it might interest you to know that active gardening still goes on in the Royal gardens.”
BBC presenter Huw Edwards joked that Prince Phillip “put you in your place, Alan!”
Alan replied that he had not been offended by the document, but instead had “cherished” receiving the information from the Duke.
Earlier this year, Alan’s dedicated fan base was delighted to hear he would be joining Instagram and sharing behind the scenes content on social media.
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Alan told his fans he would be extremely careful with what he posted online out of a fear he could “wake up one morning and find I’ve been ‘cancelled’”.
The beloved TV gardener joked: “I don’t know whether you can have a venomous reaction to a picture of a daffodil. It probably says more about you if you do, than it does about me.”
The presenter says he consults his daughters before posting anything on the site to avoid causing them any embarrassment.
Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh is on ITV1 Sunday at 10am.
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