Steve Backshalls request to Princess Anne as he talks special moment

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In 2021, Steve Backshall picked up his MBE award for services to charity and wildlife conservation. The 49-year-old was honoured with the special medal by Princess Anne at Windsor Castle, where he was supported by his mum. 

Speaking exclusively to, the wildlife expert reflected on the cheeky words he said to the royal as she expressed her interest in his projects. 

He said of the moment: “It was amazing, the most incredible thing was she, I mean clearly had been given research by someone, but she knew who I was and talked through all my projects.

“We ended up chattering away about some of the places we had been to.

“I even asked her if she’d like to buy a part of the rainforests for me as part of one of my charities, which gave her a really good chuckle.”

“We got on famously.”

Steve added: “For someone like me from humble beginnings, being there at Windsor Castle is something I won’t forget.”

The BBC star chose his mum as his guest on the day instead of his wife Helen Glover for a touching reason. 

“Just seeing my mum and being able to say thank you in that way, was special,” he explained. 

“That’s certainly something that I’ll hold with me for a long time.”

Steve’s wife was appointed MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to rowing.

The sports star received her medal from Queen Elizabeth II also at Windsor Castle.

The presenter said he would’ve loved to have met the late monarch, but is happy his wife was honoured by her.

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“That’s one of the highlights of her career achivements,” he continued.

During our chat, Steve also discussed his thoughts on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.

This year, Princess Anne’s son-in-law Mike Tindall came in fourth place after signing up as the first royal to enter the jungle.

On whether he’d follow in his footsteps, Steve said: “No, apart from everything else, it would be pretty daft.

“I’ve done trips in the jungle that have been for three months on my own, walking, carrying everything I need in my backpack.

“So, doing I’m A Celebrity would just be pointless for me, wouldn’t it.”

He went on to say he’d be “one of the last people” producers would ask to sign up, alongside Bear Grylls, given their work.

He added: “Also, I have to say I don’t agree with ethically, all the Bushtucker Trials and things like that, I find them a bit distateful.

“And no, I wouldn’t be a part of a programme that did stuff like that.”

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