British designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen has been a long time friend of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.
But the House Rules judge has revealed to Be that he won’t be attending his youngest son Prince Harry’s highly anticipated wedding to actress Meghan Markle.
“I’m here in Australia, which is obviously why I didn’t get invited,” LLW joked. “They knew I would be here [filming House Rules] and they thought, ‘Well, there’s no point wasting an invitation.'”
The eccentric TV host has been linked to the real royals for years, with the 53-year-old once going into business with Prince Charles himself with the purchase of a countryside barn the pair had hopes of converting.
Sadly it seems their close relationship didn’t snag him an invite to the wedding of the year, so he’s decided to blame his judging gig Down Under.
“That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it,” he laughed.
Laurence is returning for a second season of the popular Seven renovation show after taking over from the axed Joe Snell last year, and promises this year will be more exciting than ever.
“From the get go, everything feels pretty different. For a start, the first challenge isn’t any of their [the contestants] houses,” he said. “The first challenge is to flip a house in Sydney… whatever profit they make from that then becomes the prize fund for the rest of the series.”
Last year, he ruffled feathers with his naughty streak, something he says is just him being “honest”.
“The big thing is that House Rules is incredibly honest and what you’re watching is something that is absolutely happening,” he said, taking a subtle swipe at rivals.
“Our teams will constantly surprise you. A lot of these shows the contestants are rather forced into stereotypical roles, you know, there’s the ‘bit*h’ or the ‘liar’ or the ‘cheat’ or whatever,” Laurence explains.
“But House Rules takes a back seat in a very respectful way, to let the people be who they are,” he continues. “It’s actually a lot more exciting and a lot better to watch.”
LLB also teased fans can expect a new look from his co-judge Drew Heath — who judges alongside him and Wendy Moore — after finding a hairbrush.
“We’re a well scrubbed up bunch this year,” he said, commenting on the eye candy Be spotted in the latest trailer. “They’ve even managed to get a brush through Drew’s hair.”
Sounds like 2018 is going to be a big year for the squad.
We can’t wait to tune in to the premiere on Monday.
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