Alan Titchmarsh says Queen said he gives 'a lot of ladies pleasure'

Alan Titchmarsh reveals the Queen once told him he gives ‘a lot of ladies a lot of pleasure’ and has complimented the size of his onions

  • Alan Titchmarsh appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2000 
  • Says the Queen complimented the progress his onions have made over years 
  • Also revealed his Madame Tussauds statue has to be regularly cleaned of lipstick

Alan Titchmarsh claimed the Queen once told him he gives ‘a lot of ladies a lot of pleasure’ and has complimented the size of his onions. 

The 70-year-old gardener revealed on Good Morning Britain today that he received the ‘very kind’ compliment when he was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2000. 

He also says the royal, now 93, was impressed with the progress of his onions over the last few years, after telling him they were very small’ when they first met at the Chelsea Flower Show. 

Alan Titchmarsh MBE claimed the Queen once told him he gives ‘a lot of ladies a lot of pleasure’ and has complimented the size of his onions

He says the 93-year-old royal was impressed with the progress of his onions in the last few years, after telling him they were very small’ when they first met

He said: ‘The first thing Her Majesty ever said to me about thirty years ago was at the Chelsea Flower Show. 

‘She said, “Your onions are very small”. But then I had a conversation with her a few years ago when I did another garden, and she said, “Your boulders are very large” 

‘I thought, “What a long way I’ve come”. 

‘She also very sweetly when I got my MBE a couple of years ago, she very kindly said to me that I give a lot of ladies a lot of pleasure. 

‘And I think she was talking about the Sandringham WI.’ 

The gardener was then asked whether he thought he had a good chance of becoming Sir Alan Titchmarsh, to which he replied: ‘Good grief. Don’t hold your breath.’ 

Alan appeared on Good Morning Britain today where he was quizzed about his status as the ‘pruning woman’s crumpet’

When quizzed by host Piers Morgan, 54, about his status as the ‘pruning woman’s crumpet’ he admitted: ‘Yeah, it’s a real struggle Piers. 

‘No, people are very nice. They see you as being relatively un-threatening. I love what I do.  

‘I’m passionate about getting people out in nature, gardening is your nearest connection.

Alan Titchmarsh on TV show ‘The Queens Garden’ where he explored  Buckingham Palace Garden With special permission from Her Majesty The Queen 

You can protest as much as you want. The important thing is you get involved with the piece of ground outside your house. 

‘It help it keeps you fit, gives you a sense of balance and perspective and for me that’s the real world.’ 

The TV host also confirmed that his wax work statue at Madame Tussauds London had to be regularly cleaned of lipstick marks after women couldn’t stop kissing it . 

 He said: ‘Yes. I was standing next to Brad Pitt and I think it was just confused identity or they couldn’t get next to him so they went for me.’  

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