'BBC Breakfast' presenter Carol Kirkwood engaged to new mystery man

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BBC Breakfast’s Carol Kirkwood has confessed she thought her fiancé was joking when he surprised her with a proposal while on a picnic.

The 59-year-old presenter confirmed her engagement after flashing a diamond ring while reading the weather from the Chelsea Flower Show on the BBC morning show.

Host Sally Nugent asked her: “I’m a little bit concerned about you this morning. I don’t know how you’re managing to stand up with that giant rock on your left hand, Carol.”

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The meteorologist replied: "Thank you Sal. It is rather nice. I got engaged."

Kirkwood then revealed: "We went out for a picnic, I had absolutely no idea. The weather was glorious, we were sitting chatting, and then my other half was a wee bit nervous and he was fumbling in his pocket and then out came a ring.

"I thought he was joking actually, I didn't believe him. But it was quite romantic.

"You're making me really embarrassed now."

Carol Kirkwood
Carol Kirkwood has confirmed she is engaged to be married. (Getty Images)
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The TV presenter – who was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 - added that she was "thrilled".

Kirkwood revealed in June 2021 she had found love again with a mystery man, following her split from husband Jimmy Kirkwood in 2008.

She told Prima magazine in 2021: "I don't want to say too much about my boyfriend, but I will say that he is very kind and very funny - he is always making me laugh. And extremely handsome, as well."

The presenter added: “He is the best thing that's ever happened to me, without a shadow of a doubt.”

Carol Kirkwood attends day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 22, 2017
Carol Kirkwood said her mystery fiance is the best thing that has ever happened to her. (Getty Images)

Kirkwood was married to her former husband for 18 years.

After they split, she told the Radio Times: “I found myself when I got divorced.

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"I started to do things and to think, ‘I’m not going to say no, I’m going to say yes!’”

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