Kate Garraway shared a tense exchange with Inside Dubai star Caroline Stanbury, who the presenter accused of ‘flaunting’ her wealthy lifestyle and the fact she’s so rich she doesn’t have to share a bathroom.
Former Ladies of London star Caroline appeared in the recent BBC2 series Inside Dubai, which explored the lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous living in the United Arab Emirates.
Caroline, 45, shares a plush apartment with her footballer husband, former Real Madrid star Sergio Carrallo, 27, and can earn up to £5,000 for a sponsored social media post.
During the influencer’s interview on Good Morning Britain on Thursday, presenter Kate said: ‘There’s a lot of wealthy people and on the surface, as a tourist, it looks like an incredibly wealthy lifestyle but also presumably it has people who are much poorer and struggling.
‘I wonder amongst the group that are billionaires, everybody’s quite happy about showing off their wealth, but whether it rubs the poorer people up the wrong way because I think that sometimes is the issue in the UK isn’t it?
‘When you said, “Oh, everyone’s supposed to share a bath and whatever in the UK”, that’s because a lot of people are having to and so if you’re flaunting the fact you’ve got five baths then people feel offended by it.’
After trying to interrupt the presenter, Caroline shot back: ‘No, that’s not how I said it.’
She continued: ‘When you’re wealthy in the UK and you grow up in even a mansion, they teach you turn off all the lights, turn off the central heating, share a bath with your family. I didn’t mean it for the poor people, I meant it actually for – the wealthy people in the UK live like that.
‘It’s stately homes, that’s how you’re taught that you should live.’
Kate interjected: ‘Frugal, some would call it.’
Guest Richard Farleigh slammed Caroline’s perspective and said: ‘It’s a load of rubbish, obviously you don’t have to get in the bath at 7pm or anything like that. You should turn the lights off for the planet.
‘I think Caroline’s out of touch. I grew up in the care system, I’ve been poorer than most people I know and I’m probably richer than most people I know. She’s out of touch with current reality.
‘In Dubai, there’s a lot of really poor hard-working people. I think it’s distasteful, it sets a bad example to other people. I think most people who show off their wealth don’t have much else to show off or be proud of.’
Ben Shephard weighed in to cool down the tension and threw Caroline a bone, saying: ‘One of the things I found about the programme in Caroline’s defence is a lot of the people who have made their money, have lived in Dubai and have aspired to that kind of wealth, it’s given them the ambition and the drive to be successful and in that sort of environment, they have been able to be incredibly successful.’
Caroline, who is billed as one of Dubai’s most successful influencers, grew up in Dorset and is the daughter of venture capitalist Anthony Stanbury and fashion designer Elizabeth Stanbury, part of the wealthy Vestey family.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.