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Donna Air gives her verdict on Meghan Markle saying ‘seems very nice’

The Byker Grove star talks Dancing On Ice and a royal wedding.

TV personality Donna Air has said Prince Harry’s fiancee, Meghan Markle, “seems very nice” after meeting her last year at Pippa Middleton’s wedding.

Air, 38, who is currently competing on ITV’s Dancing On Ice, has had an on-off relationship James Middleton, the brother of the Duchess of Cambridge, for a few years.

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Donna Air in this week's Hello!

Kate Middleton’s younger sister Pippa, wed James Matthews in May last year at a ceremony held at St Mark’s church in the Berkshire village of Englefield.

Air told Hello!: “She (Meghan) seems very nice. Everyone loves a royal wedding!”

Prince Harry and Ms Markle, 36, will marry at Windsor Castle in May this year.

Talking about her current stint on the ice, Air told Hello!: “It’s been lovely to have the support of everyone. It’s quite funny because you think, ‘Oh I don’t want anyone there – it’s distracting. I just want to skate and get it done.’ But having people there – my closest – on the first skate was really helpful.”

She said she had agreed to do the show to set a good example for her 14-year-old daughter, Freya.

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Dancing on Ice 2018 Photocall – London

She said: “Life is about experiences, and if you get the chance to do something you should grab it. The reason you don’t do things, quite often, is fear. I want to teach her to be brave. It’s okay to fail. What it’s not okay to do is not try, and to be scared… you have to lead by example.”

The former Byker Grove star also said she is embracing her age and that “getting older is liberating”.

“The joy of getting older is that you get to a point where you don’t care. It would be a bit strange at my age if I was dominated by what people think. It’s liberating, getting older,” she told Hello!

Read the full interview in this week’s Hello!

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