The English comedian and presenter, 66, is best known for his drag queen persona, Lily Savage. Paul starred as Lily in his own programme for the BBC in the Nineties before moving into other TV work, including presenting his own chat show on Channel 4. This evening, he returns to ITV for his long running series, ‘Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs’. In the programme, Paul looks at the work of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in caring for animals.
In the latest episode, he is charmed by a seriously ill four-month-old shih-tzu.
The star also interacts with a pair of chihuahuas and has his skills tested by a lively crossbreed.
Paul was famous for his sharp tongue as his Lily Savage alter ego, and has retained his sense of humour to this day.
The presenter once imparted his humorous wisdom to Meghan Markle about how to get on with Queen.
Meghan married into the Royal Family in May 2018 as she tied the knot with the Queen’s grandson, Prince Harry.
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In unearthed comments from June that year, Paul shared his advice to avoid “riling up” Her Majesty.
Writing in a column for TV Times, he said: “The Queen is easy to get on with!
“She likes a good laugh, someone who is straight-talking, so be totally honest with her.
“Try to avoid too many Americanisms – always remember to say ‘lavatory’, not ‘bathroom’, otherwise you’ll really rile her.”
Animal-lover Paul also said Meghan would likely receive royal approval if she was able to share the Queen’s passion for equestrianism.
Referencing the monarch’s love of horses, Paul added: “Become a horsewoman if you can.
“That family loves horses and it’s what the Queen likes talking about – land and animals!”
Paul also said that Harry and Meghan should enjoy one another’s company, rather than listening to what other people think.
He said: “You don’t need to do anything.
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“You’re a perfect couple and you’ve got a lovely marriage – just don’t start letting outside influences affect you.”
Meghan and Harry stepped down from their royal roles last year, before it was confirmed this year that they would not return as working royals.
The couple have both spoken out about the pressures of the media spotlight during their time in the Royal Family.
Harry took the early – and unprecedented – step of releasing a strongly worded statement to the media during the early stages of his and Meghan’s relationship in 2016.
Just over a week after their relationship became public, he warned sections of the press to “pause and reflect before any further damage is done” in terms of the media frenzy surrounding Meghan.
The Prince said he was “worried” for her safety, saying that she had been targeted by “outright sexism and racism”.
‘Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs’ airs on ITV from 8pm-8:30pm.
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