Harry Redknapp almost quit I’m A Celeb after wife was stricken ill

I’m A Celebrity winner Harry Redknapp, 71, reveals he almost quit the show early after beloved wife Sandra was stricken with sepsis

Harry Redknapp has revealed he almost quit I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! early after his wife had been stricken ill with sepsis.

The former football manager, 71, told how his wife had been sick in the weeks before he entered the jungle but while taking part in the show, he wrongly believed she had become seriously ill.

He told The Sun: ‘She’s been ill with the sepsis and it’s knocked her for six.

Scare: Harry Redknapp, 71, told how his wife had been sick in the weeks before he entered the jungle but while taking part in the show, he wrongly believed she had become seriously ill

‘Sandra was in and out of hospital but she wanted to come over to Australia.

‘I was worried about her coming, I didn’t know if it was going to be too much for her.’


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Sandra was in hospital just days before Harry departed for Australia to take part in the series.

However, she was fit and healthy by the time she and several other of the celebrities’ friends and family made a surprise visit to the jungle.

Worried: He said: ‘I was worried about her coming, I didn’t know if it was going to be too much for her’

Health: Sandra was in hospital just days before Harry departed for Australia to take part in the series

Harry, who has been married to Sandra for 54 years, believed he was being taken out of the jungle because his wife had taken ill but got a shock when he found her waiting for him.

The TV star and his other half teared up as they gave each other a kiss and Harry told viewers of his love for Sandra. 

He said: ‘It’s funny, 54 years and we just don’t want to be apart, that’s done me up today, I’ve missed her so much. 

Harry was named the winner of this year’s series, beating out fellow finalists Emily Atack and John Barrowman to be crowned King of the Jungle. 

Happy: However, she was fit and healthy by the time she and several other of the celebrities’ friends and family made a surprise visit to the jungle

Surprise: Harry believed he was being taken out of the jungle because Sandra had taken ill, but got a shock when he found her waiting for him

Change: Harry told of his weight loss in the jungle, revealing he had shed a stone

Speaking on Good Morning  Britain, the sports star told of his weight loss in the jungle.

He said: ‘I had four days without eating.I have lost one stone.’

Having never watched the ITV reality series before, Harry thought their might be a secret caravan waiting away from the cameras for the celebrity’s would be able to eat and keep warm.

He said: ‘I couldn’t find the caravan! I’ve lost a stone, we got weighed, I thought I might have done a bit more.’

Triumphant: Harry was named the winner of this year’s series, beating out fellow finalists Emily Atack and John Barrowman to be crowned King of the Jungle

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