Ruby Wax swiped at pretentious people with Diana: Not Queen

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American comedy legend Ruby Wax returns to the small screen tonight with a relaunch of her hit Nineties series Ruby Wax Meets. The new, updated version reflects on some of her truly iconic interviews. In a three-part series, she looks back at memorable encounters with a host of big names including outspoken former US President Donald Trump, Star Wars hero Carrie Fisher and Tom Hanks.

Ruby met Princess Diana at a charity gala in 1993, and then at the gym.

She was one of TV’s household names at the time as a result of her numerous interviews with celebrity A-listers.

She told the Daily Mail of their friendship, explaining that they shared a sense of humour.

Ruby said: “I’d take the p*** out of pretentious people we knew and Diana would love that.”

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She quickly added: “Not the Queen!

“But I was funny and people like to be around that. I don’t treat people like they’re goddesses, I treat them like human beings.”

Alongside her TV career, Ruby is a mental health campaigner and author.

She has previously been very open about her battles with depression.

Her own struggles saw her leave the celebrity life behind as she fell into severe depression.

After seeking treatment, Ruby earned a Master’s degree from Oxford University in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

Mindfulness involves tuning in to thoughts and observing them, instead of being driven by critical inner voices.

It also focuses on teaching how, with practice, we can rewire the way our brains work.

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She was awarded an OBE for her services to mental health in 2015, and released her fifth book ‘A Mindfulness Guide for Survival’ earlier this month.

Reflecting on her friendship with the princess, Ruby refused to disclose details of their conversations.

Talking about Diana’s friends disclosing details of her, Ruby said: “I think it’s disgusting that people have done that.”

She added: “I, unlike many other people, will never say anything about what Diana and I talked about.”

Ruby does, however, recall one fond memory of the princess when her youngest daughter Marina, now 28, was just a toddler.

She said: “Diana would put Marina on her lap and I’d say, ‘Would you just take her for a few years? You can teach her some stuff then I’ll come get her.’”

Ruby told the Daily Mail that she lost contact with Diana around a year before her tragic death in August 1997.

In the three-part BBC series which begins on Sunday, Ruby reflects on her best and worst chats through the years.

She will look back on who she interviewed as well as her superb interviewing style.

Asked about her most difficult interviewee, there’s only one answer: “Donald Trump!” she exclaimed. “That was a car crash.”

She reveals how the former American president “threw” her off his plane, and she couldn’t quite believe he truly wanted the job at the White House.

“I thought he was joking when he said he wanted to be the President,” she said. “I thought he was being funny – and he wasn’t.”

When Ruby Wax Met… airs on BBC Two on Sunday 22 August at 9pm. It will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

Ruby’s book, A Mindfulness Guide for Survival, is available here. 

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