When Lorraine Kelly receives invitations to meet Prince William, she has stated that she feels like a member of the working class and that she is a person of the people.
Though we’d want to report that we feel the same way, nothing from the folks of the future King’s people was in our mail the last time we looked.
The 64-year-old TV broadcaster, who co-hosts the podcast How to be 60 with friend Kaye MacKenzie, spoke out about her true feelings in an interview with Loose Women star Kaye Adams.
Lorraine, who grew up in Scotland with her mother Anne and father John, a television repairman, responded in the yes when asked if she still considered herself to be working class.
‘I do. If you like from the outside and I’ve got my wee house down South, and we do very well and we’re here to go toddling off to go camping in Zimbabwe but yes I do,’ she explained.
‘I do consider myself to be very proud of it.’
Lorraine occasionally finds herself uneasy with chances since she is so passionate about her heritage.
‘I have that working-class cringe. That wee voice on your shoulder if you get an invitation for I don’t know, go meet Prince William for something or other, for a charity thing.’
Lorraine gave an insight into what is going on inside her head during those moments: ‘You think “Oh God, I can’t go.” I’m waiting for someone to tap my shoulder and go “You can’t go, you’re working class.” I think that’s a very difficult thing to shake off.’
She continued: ‘It’s not imposter syndrome, it’s different to that but it is that kind of feeling of “Am I really good enough? Should I really be here? Do I really belong in this area?”
Despite this, Lorraine, who has her own programme on ITV, admits that she knows she shouldn’t feel that way.
‘It’s weird. It’s silly. I know it’s silly, I talk to myself about it and say “Don’t be daft”.’
The subject of class and equal opportunities for everyone is something we don’t talk about enough, according to Lorraine.
‘We still don’t talk that much about class and I genuinely worry.
‘Somebody like me now would not get the same opportunities I did because I was just lucky the boss of TV-am was Australian and didn’t hear that class.’
In 1984, Lorraine secured a position on TV-am as Scotland Correspondent. She later joined Geoff Meade as co-host of their Summer Sunday show in 1989. After then, she presented GMTV and Good Morning Britain until getting her own programme, Lorraine, in 2010.
Due to her popularity, Lorraine receives invitations to red carpet events frequently. Despite her admission that she finds them “a faff,” she never takes them for granted since she understands that “things will stop eventually.”