James Haskell’s royal friends find I'm A Celebrity 'hilarious,' says wife Chloe Madeley

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James Haskell’s wife Chloe Madeley has revealed that her royal friends find I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! “absolutely hilarious”.

Speaking on Monday morning’s Lorraine, Madeley mentioned their pals Mike Tindall and his wife Zara Phillips when she told the ITV show: “They think the whole thing’s absolute hilarious. Z’s been amazing, she messages me the whole time to check up on me.

“She’s been great. And Tins just thinks the whole thing is a great opportunity to make James suffer and is voting for him to do every Bushtucker Trial that he possibly can."

“They all just find it hilarious," she said of the Queen's eldest granddaughter and her rugby star husband. "They don’t take it seriously at all.

"They’ve been in really high pressured situations their whole careers… so when they watch it they really do just see it as hilarious entertainment and they’re really enjoying it.”

Hangry: Chloe Madeley weighed in on her husband's jungle stint (ITV)

On how James is getting on in camp she said: “He had a ‘hangry’ episode.

“But from what I’ve seen he seems to have come back up again and he seems to be in a really good place.”

The 32-year-old, who is the daughter of TV duo Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, also defended her husband against claims that he is a bully.

Speaking on the morning show, she explained: “I think he just had a really grumpy day and I think when you’re sleep deprived and food deprived and you’re surrounded by people you aren’t necessarily friends with on the outside world, if you have a bad day, if you have a moody day you do kind of snap a bit.

“But I think the ‘b’ word is a little bit intense. I personally watched it and I just wanted to get in there and give him a hug and some food.”

She added: “We’re incredibly close and I love him dearly and I’m so, so proud of him. Despite his ‘hangry’ moments, I actually think he’s doing a fantastic job and I’m really proud.”

Asked if he could win, she said: “I really don’t know. There’s so many amazing people in there, people I really, really love as a viewer and I’m really rooting for.

Friends: Zara Phillips, eldest granddaughter of the Queen, and her husband Mike Tindall (AFP/Getty Images)

“And then obviously James is my husband and I want him to do well but there’s also an element of I can’t wait for him to get out so I can get my hands on him.”

On Sunday night’s I’m A Celeb episode recent evictee Andrew Maxwell spoke about his friendship with Ian Wright following similar claims from viewers that the former footballer has been bullying him.

Speaking to presenters Ant and Dec during his exit interview, Andrew confirmed that his relationship with the former footballer has blossomed.

He said: “I love the man, we are really similar.”

The star added that the pair were alike in the way they missed their families.

He said: “Both of us feel it in the same level and got on the same rhythm of being down and missing our families at the same time.”

Ant and Dec then showed viewers clips of Andrew and Ian's friendship growing after various clashes this week.

It came after more than 30 people complained to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom after Ian and Andrew butted heads over food.

A spokeswoman for Ofcom told Standard Online: “We’ve had 32 complaints about perceived bullying towards Andrew in last night’s episode.

“We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.”

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