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Julia Bradbury’s near-disastrous meeting with Charles: ‘Nearly knocked his thumb off’

Ms Bradbury returns to screens for the fifth instalment of The Greek Islands with Julia Bradbury on ITV at 9.30am this morning. The presenter, whose mother is Greek, explores the hidden side of Greece’s Islands, including holiday favourites Corfu, Crete and Santorini and lesser known gems. This week Ms Bradbury arrives in the Dodecanese, a group of islands at the gateway between Europe and the East, to explore Rhodes and Symi.

In Rhodes the former Countryfile presenter uncovers a range of Byzantine art, and is taught to paint historic frescoes. 

In the neighbouring island of Symi, Ms Bradbury tastes the famed local shrimp and receives a lesson in the ancient art of sponge diving.

Over the course of Ms Bradbury’s two decades in television she has brushed shoulders with a number of stars.

Yet the presenter revealed that when fronting BBC One’s Countryfile she nearly caused a royal disaster when the Prince of Wales appeared on the programme in 2013. 

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Julia Bradbury admitted in The Mirror:  “I nearly knocked his thumb off. 

“I nearly hammered his thumb in.”

She also told the publication that the future King had accidentally “whipped” her across the face with a bramble. 

Ms Bradbury revealed that Charles went on to joke about the mishap, saying: “Oops, I don’t want to damage expensive BBC property.” 

He said: “We need to think about what kind of world we’re handing over to our successors, particularly grandchildren.

“So, if you think of it in those terms, it should make us reflect a little bit about the way we do things so we don’t ruin it for them.”

Ms Bradbury is also an advocate for conservation and attended an Extinction Rebellion protest in October 2018.  

Though not always in approval of Extinction Rebellion’s methods, the presenter has previously taken to Twitter to show support for the group’s core message.

Last year, Ms Bradbury responded to a tweet claiming Extinction Rebellion was “still not taken seriously” and that the climate emergency will have “more casualties than all the wars.”

The presenter replied: “I agree… the pandemic is proof of that.

“Mistreating nature, devastating natural landscapes and not allowing wildlife to be wild all created enormous problems for the world and humans.”

Watch the Greek Islands with Julia Bradbury at 9:30am on ITV.


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