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Camilla Parker Bowles' niece signs up for The Jump

Emma Parker Bowles is already feeling confident about the programme too, telling The Sun newspaper she has the "ability of a mountain goat".

Camilla Parker Bowles' niece Emma has signed up to compete on the next series of The Jump.

Despite the risk involved in the Channel 4 winter sports show, celebrities and socialites galore appear to be lining up to give the programme a go.

And the latest name revealed for the next series is Emma Parker Bowles - the daughter of Richard Eustace Parker Bowles, whose brother Andrew Parker Bowles is Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall's, ex-husband.

As well as making a name for herself as something of a party girl, Emma is also a model and automotive writer, penning articles for Top Gear magazine among other publications.

When it comes to The Jump though, Emma is looking forward to pushing herself mentally and physically as she hits the slopes.

"I am really excited about taking part in The Jump," she told The Sun newspaper. "I have the ability of a mountain goat and am an adrenaline junkie so it's right up my alley."

Emma isn't the only star with a royal link to take part in next year's (17) series. Former Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews was among the first contestants announced for the new season, and his brother James is engaged to Pippa Middleton, the sister of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

And it's not the first time The Jump has had a royal connection among its competitors either. Rugby player Mike Tindall, who is married to Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara, competed on the show in 2015 and came in a more than respectable second position.

Other stars reported to be joining Emma on the next series of The Jump include Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, who is sure to be hoping he can turn his luck around following a difficult year after a controversial video in which he appeared to be mocking Muslims led to him being suspended from British Gymnastics for two months.

“Louis makes sense as a signing for The Jump given his sporting background. He’s not exactly knocking back offers at the moment after the video of him and Luke pretending to pray while shouting Allahu Akbar," a source told The Sun.

"It gives him something to do during his suspension and means he can stay in shape while getting paid for his troubles."

Former Big Brother star Josie Gibson, The Only Way Is Essex's Lydia Bright and rugby star Gareth Thomas are also said to have signed up for the next series of The Jump, which kicks off on Channel 4 early next year (17).

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