Escape to the Chateau’s Dick and Angel speak out on key to success Put kids first

This Morning: Dick and Angel Strawbridge discuss their children

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Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree opened up on family life during a recent appearance on This Morning. The Escape to the Chateau stars revealed how they manage to juggle all their projects as well as being parents and finding time to spend together as a family with their two children – Dorothy and Arthur. 

Presenter Phillip Schofield said: “With the schedule that you have – the Chateau behind you, the TV [show], I know you’ve got a book, you were planning on going on tour in 2022. 

“Yet family is central to what you do, how do you make that work?” 

“I think we’ve made it work by forgoing sleep really!” Angel laughed. “Sleep’s really overrated.” 

“And prioritising,” Dick added. “I think one of the key things is – hello Arthur and Dorothy by the way, they are in with Grandma and Grandad. 

“We have got a good childcare system in place, both Jenny and Steve are looking after the children and they are number one. 

“The reason why we couldn’t come on any earlier, I had to go to school to collect them while Angel was setting things up and getting ready, because we put the children first, it’s part of life.” 

Holly Willoughby continued the interview with: “It’s idyllic, your life, that’s what it seems like. 

“We watch it from here in the UK and we love it and we know who you are but when you shut that door and the cameras, because it’s not televised there in France, you live a relatively private life there?” 

“Yes, it’s private and quite normal, we have the same trials and tribulations as everyone, it’s nice,” Angel replied. 

“The thing is, what we’ve done is, and we’ve particularly started to feel it during last year and this year, we’ve started to build something where we feel how lucky you are,” Dick added. 

“The old thing about the harder you work the luckier you are? 

“The children understand it as well because we’re in the walled gardens, the children have their own beds here and they grow [vegetables] and we’ve to a paddling pool which we get into most nights. 

“But the whole mindset of what we’re doing is about sucking the marrow out of the bones of life.”  

As for what their current project is, despite having lived in the castle for many years, the roof still needs replacing. 

“This year, because there’s no weddings and we’re still finding our way through this year, we’re doing the roof,” Dick revealed. 

“That means when the roof comes off – which is a huge job – we’re going to be looking in all the places [we haven’t looked in before]. 

“If you think about the end of 2019, how optimistic was the world, we have a tour and we came back and life was a bit different!” 

Angel added: “It really was.” 

“Thank goodness for television and we can escape to The Chateau through you!” Phillip remarked. 

Escape to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend airs Thursday’s at 9pm on Channel 4 and This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV. 

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