Caroline Flack isn’t shy to tell it like it is. And her honesty has certainly extended to her autobiography, Storm In A C Cup, which includes some very real accounts of her time dating Prince Harry.
Many of us couldn’t even contemplate being in the same room as the most eligible bachelor in the country, let alone think about sitting across the table from him at dinner. One on one. On a date. Phew.
This year’s X Factor presenter reveals that the pair met through a mutual friend – yes, we’re rethinking our friendship groups right now too – and they hit it off instantly.
In an extract from her book, which was published in The Sun, she said: ‘I knew she was friends with Prince Harry, and I’d never met him, so I thought, “Oh that’s quite exciting”, and for a moment I perked up. So I was just sitting there and he arrived with a few others in tow and we all spent the evening chatting and laughing.’
Caroline then went on to admit what went wrong: ‘To meet a prince is so unlikely it would be weird not to acknowledge it. However, once the story got out, that was it. We had to stop seeing each other.’
The 35-year-old reflected on the effect of such a high profile relationship: ‘I was no longer Caroline Flack, TV presenter, I was Caroline Flack, Prince Harry’s bit of rough.’
Can you imagine Caroline Flack, Princess?
But this wasn’t the only high profile man Caroline’s been linked to, as the children’s TV presenter was catapulted into the limelight with the news of her romance with One Direction’s Harry Styles.
Reminiscing the early days, she said: ‘I already knew he had a crush on me, he’d made it pretty obvious. He’d said it in magazines and he’d said it to friends. 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.’
Their relationship was the subject of some controversy due to the 14 year age gap, but Caroline hit back: ‘I’ve never felt that I was much older than Harry anyway. ‘
‘I still feel 18 and probably act that way half the time – all those years in kids’ telly probably didn’t help. Although it was just a bit of fun we decided it was best to keep it to ourselves, as we were both working for Simon Cowell.’
But, with life in the spotlight, things don’t stay hidden for long: ‘It began to go wrong when Harry was pictured coming out of my house one morning. And once that was out, it was open season.’
Caroline Flack’s autobiography is out on October 22nd.