TV star Declan Donnelly laughed at TODAY when he introduced Kate Middleton as “Her Majesty”.
The manner of address is reserved for the Queen — with the 46-year-old I’m A Celebrity host, quickly scoffing at her veritable royal jungle.
He looked straight at the Duchess of Cambridge, who was sitting in the front row, joking: “I just promoted you there.”
He began the program by telling the guests: “Soon we will be hearing from Her Majesty… Her Royal Highness.”
He laughed and said: “I just promoted you there, rather prematurely.”
Ant McPartlin, standing next to him on the podium, tried to save his friend, saying: “It must happen all the time.”
Dec replied: “It doesn’t happen to me. We’ll hear from Her Royal Highness, rather, very soon.”
“Then we will see a very powerful short film that challenges the notion of addictions.”
Famous for hosting the double act, Britain’s Got Talent and Saturday Night Takeaway, he was at the Addiction on Addiction event with his wives.
Ant arrived with Anne-Marie Corbett, whom she married in August in a star-studded ceremony.
The Duchess spoke with Ant and December at BAFTA headquarters in Piccadilly, London, moments before giving a speech to a greater number of families suffering from addiction than ever before.
It was supposed to be a brief handshake for the cameras, but turned into a candid conversation about the nature of addiction.
Ant, who has struggled with an addiction to prescription painkillers, alcohol and spending time in rehab, has spoken candidly about her struggles in the past.
As she turned a corner, the Duchess was surprised to see Ant and December mocking them and forcing her to participate in the I’m A Celebrity Bushtacker Trial.
The Duchess added: “The more you talk to everyone … and hear some of their stories today … once you start sharing your story there are a lot of people who have experienced it themselves , or know someone.”
The ant said: “I felt myself. It was bad until I asked for help. But as soon as you open up to people… the problems start to disappear. Everything will be fine.”
He continued: “Many people don’t know where to turn or what to do… they get lost.”
Kate talks about her passion for prevention and helping people deal with their problems before they reach the point of crisis.
She said: “You hear it over and over… it gets to the point [where people say] ‘I wish I had this support earlier.’”
Dec replied: “You hear a lot of people saying, ‘Things didn’t change until I hit the bottom of the rock.’
“If we can stop people from hitting rock bottom, wherever it is… it will make a big difference.”
After a knee operation in 2015, Ant struggled with a two-year addiction to super-strength painkillers.
He went to rehab in 2017 before returning a year after his car crash.
He was over twice the alcohol limit at the time and was arrested after failing a breath analyzer test.
The TV star was fined £86,000 and banned from driving for 20 months after pleading guilty to drunken driving at Wimbledon Magistrates Court.
It was then that Ant returned to rehab after taking a long break from television.
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