Prue Leith has admitted she’s been ‘selfish’ in her relationship with her daughter Li-Da, after adopting her when she was a baby.
The Great British Bake Off star has been documenting her and her daughter’s journey to Cambodia to search for her birth parents.
However, she was quick to admit she wasn’t always as open to finding out about Li-Da’s past.
‘I think I’m quite tactless,’ Prue admitted. ‘I hardly ever go delving into psychological this and that.
‘So I’m probably not the right mother to talk to her enough, I think I never have talked to her enough. Maybe it’s a kind of selfishness on my part. I’m very busy and so I assume everything looks right and must be right.
‘I don’t go scratching the surface looking for problems. I think there’s probably stuff about her Cambodian background that I’ve never asked her. And maybe I could have done that more.’
Later on in the episode, she told Li-Da directly: ‘I’m really sorry I wasn’t more interested in the past 20 years ago when [Yvette Pierpaoli, who helped Li-Da to be adopted] was still alive.
Prue also recalled what it was like raising Li-Da and said there was one time she was called a ‘disgrace’ by another woman in public for ‘taking Li-Da’ away from her culture.
Prue Leith: Journey with my daughter is available on All 4.
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