Ruthie talks of royal romance

WEST End star Ruthie Henshall has told of being smuggled into Buckingham Palace by Prince Edward.

WEST End star Ruthie Henshall has told of being smuggled into Buckingham Palace by Prince Edward.

Ruthie, who lives on the Suffolk/Essex border, was Kirsty Young's guest on Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio's long-running music and discussion programme yesterday, and also revealed she had come to terms with being sexually abused as a child.

In and open and honest discussion, she said that although she was succeeding professionally for many years she was hurting inside and at one time, while living in New York and playing the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago, she even contemplated suicide.

She said that this echoed what happened last year to her sister elder Noel who, while suffering from depression, took her own life.

She said that the abuse happened when she was four-and-half years old and was unable to tell her father, former Star Editor David Henshall, until she was 30.

She told Kirsty Young that she had dated Edward Windsor, as he wanted to be known at the time, solidly for a couple of years, but on and off for five.