Alan Titchmarsh fury after celeb 'rattled' by offensive BBC Royal Family report

The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is back, bringing attendees and viewers the joys of some of the best blooming flowers the country has to offer. This year’s theme of “flower power” will be showcased on BBC Two tonight. Revellers from all over have flocked to Tatton Park after last year’s show was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While restrictions on the number of attendees have dropped in line with Government advice, visitors have been encouraged to take lateral flow tests before arriving.

One of the most famous enthusiasts of the gardening world, Alan Titchmarsh, would likely have been delighted at an RHS event being allowed to go ahead.

Titchmarsh has amassed a fan base spanning the world, with numerous spin-off shows, books and magazine articles published in his name.

One of those fans includes Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch having previously told him that he’d given “a lot of ladies a lot of pleasure”.

Alan Titchmarsh fury after celeb 'rattled' by offensive BBC Royal Family report

Alan Titchmarsh: The celebrity gardener was ‘rattled’ by the BBC’s coverage of the Diamond Jubilee (Image: GETTY)

RHS Flower Show: A display at Tatton Park inspired by this year's Tokyo Olympic Games

RHS Flower Show: A display at Tatton Park inspired by this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games (Image: GETTY)

This was when he received his MBE in 2000, since having been awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour – the highest accolade in the British gardening world.

Titchmarsh has become fond of the royals over the years, attending a number of events members of the Firm love.

So, when the BBC covered the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and made several incorrect statements about the family, the gardener was less than pleased.

The Daily Mirror at the time reported that the gardener was left “angry and rattled” by the corporation’s coverage.

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The Queen: Titchmarsh and the Queen have built something of a bond over their love of gardens

The Queen: Titchmarsh and the Queen have built something of a bond over their love of gardens (Image: GETTY)

He himself admitted his frustration during a Radio Times interview in 2012, when asked what made him blush.

Titchmarsh said: “I haven’t blushed for a long time. Sometimes I get angry.

“I got very angry during the Diamond Jubilee coverage when the Queen was wrongly called ‘Her Royal Highness’ and presenters were vague on facts.

“One said the Queen has outlasted 12 prime ministers and ‘at least’ six American presidents.

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MBE: Titchmarsh was given an MBE in 2000

MBE: Titchmarsh was given an MBE in 2000 (Image: GETTY)

Diamond Jubilee: Titchmarsh was unimpressed by the BBC's coverage of the landmark event

Diamond Jubilee: Titchmarsh was unimpressed by the BBC’s coverage of the landmark event (Image: GETTY)

“We all make mistakes but when somebody obviously hasn’t done their homework, that gets me a bit rattled.”

The BBC received more than 4,5000 complaints about its coverage of the event.

Most of these were targeted at the river pageant programme during the national celebrations.

Others also singled-out a segment which saw Fearne Cotton and singer Paloma Faith discuss a jubilee-themed sickbag.

Royal residences: The Firm's residences up and down the country have enormous gardens

Royal residences: The Firm’s residences up and down the country have enormous gardens (Image: Express Newspapers)

At the time, Clare Balding, one of the programme’s presenters, admitted that the coverage of the river pageant had “misfired”.

The Royal Family continues to be a theme close to Titchmarsh’s heart.

He has published a book about the five main royal residences – Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Sandringham, Holyrood House and Balmoral.

His success came after winning a gold medal at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show in 1985 for his country kitchen garden design.

RHS Flower Show legacy: Titchmarsh pictured at the opening of the Chelsea Flower Show in 2009

RHS Flower Show legacy: Titchmarsh pictured at the opening of the Chelsea Flower Show in 2009 (Image: GETTY)

Meanwhile, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is today entering its third day.

It will continue over the weekend where the weather will become cooler but remain relatively warm.

You can watch ‘RHS Flower Show Tatton Park‘ on BBC Two this evening at 8pm.

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