I’m A Celebrity: Carol Thatcher’s wee scandal, sick shame and mum Margaret in the dark

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Carol Thatcher was the surprise winner of I'm A Celebrity back in 2005 – and it wasn't just a shock because of her famous mother.

The daughter of the former Conservative Prime Minister was rumoured to have cost bookmakers £250,000 as odds of her winning were as low as 33/1.

Carol had finally managed to emerge from the shadow of her mother, who she reportedly had a frosty relationship with since childhood.

She once famously broke down in tears, claiming: "Nobody understands that, through my entire life, I've only ever been known as Margaret Thatcher's daughter'. What nobody realises is that I'm a person as well."

Viewers were shocked to see the warm nature of Carol, given that her mother was the Iron Lady, as well as some obscene behaviour.

Margaret Thatcher was involved in many  political scandals, but was not watching when Carol was embroiled in one involving urinating in the middle of the camp.

Carol Thatcher about to arrive in camp on a helicopter with David Dickinson
(Image: Daily Mirror)

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Before she got into the jungle, Carol made sure she distanced herself from her famous mother.

"I promise I won't be the Iron Lady Jnr, which, with my genes, some people might be surprised about," said Carol before she entered the camp.

"You'll get no party political broadcasts from me and I'm more than happy to be bossed around rather than be bossy."

No one would have predicted Carol as the winner at the beginning, especially after her disastrous entrance into the jungle.

Nervous Carol was sick down herself during a 12,000ft skydive into the camp.

Carol won a legion of fans in the jungle
(Image: Wenn)

For that blunder she was the first to be voted to do a Bushtucker Trial by the public, Highway to Hell, in which she steered a car suspended on cables over a 100ft drop.

At the end of the trial when the car plunged into the ravine, Carol cried "s**t" and apologised for damaging the vehicle while left hanging from her safety harness.

Carol also impressed during the eating trial, where she ate her way through disgusting kangaroo testicles and fish eyes, hilariously claiming they are "apparently better with balsamic vinegar".

"It was very squelchy and quite disgusting but we all knew that quite grotty things might come our way in the trials. One thing's for sure, I won't be going back for seconds," admitted Carol.

But the journalist and authors most scandalous moment came when she got up in the middle of her night to urinate beside her hammock – on two occasions.

Carol squatted down to have a wee next to her hammock
(Image: KMK / LWT)

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A staggering 10 million viewers in stunned silence as Carol squatted on the floor and pulled her knickers down to have an illegal wee.

Contestants are expected to use the dunny, so they got a stern warning from I'm A Celeb bosses as the urine started to attract hordes of rats.

While infra-red cameras exposed Thatcher as the guilty party, she did not own up and a massive whodunnit rattled the camp.

The campmates were informed that someone had taken a leak, but the name of the guilty party was no revealed.

Carol kept quiet as the celebs searched for the answer to the phantom riddler – with former EastEnders star Sid Owen getting the blame.

It was quite the jungle scandal
(Image: KMK / LWT)

It was only after leaving the jungle that Carol confessed to her crime.

"I arrived in the camp having thrown up more than I ever had, so somebody said drink some water," explained Carol.

"We went to our respective beds and the bush toilet was a long way away and the kerosene lamp had gone out.

"So I did what any camper does and thought I'll just step this way closer to the bushes and go to the loo – slightly forgetting that everything was recorded and on infra-red camera.

"I was extremely unwell and thought that rather than throw up over camp I'd go for a quick wee-stop in the jungle."

Carol confessed her mother Margaret had no idea she was in the jungle

Carol didn't speak about her famous mother too much during her time in camp, but did reveal that the Iron Lady had no idea she was on the show.

"I left my mother's home phone number behind so I don't even know her number," she told her fellow campmates.

"She doesn't know I'm here so she won't notice. I'm more interested in switching on the news."

Even wee-gate didn't dampen Carol's appeal as she was crowned Queen on the Jungle in a shock result.

Carol beat second placed star Sheree Murphy in the live final – and even she couldn't quite understand how she'd done it.

Carol was as surprised as anyone when she won

"I've no idea," she confessed after coming out, as she gave a nod to her mother.

"With my vicarious political upbringing I've always had the utmost respect for the voters' opinions.

"Maybe they thought I was a bit eccentric, maybe they thought I was a bit of a character. I honestly don't know."

Margaret's steely influence could be seen, as none of the Bushtucker Trials fazed Carol on the show.

I was brought up to get on with it, you will not be surprised to hear," said Carol, in another hat tip to the former PM.

"In previous series people have left early as they didn't like it or had rows. We have replaced acrimonious bickering with pleasant banter."

Carol Thatcher was the second female winner of I'm A Celeb
(Image: Daily Mirror)

Months later, it was revealed that IT V bosses had banned footage of Carol's infamous call of nature in the camp.

Lawyers slapped an embargo on the clip after Channel Five sought permission to broadcast images of the former PM's daughter relieving herself in the jungle.

Frank Skinner was also believed to have been stopped from airing the footage on his chatshow.

An ITV spokesman said: "We are simply trying to protect Carol's modesty."

*I'm A Celebrity airs weeknights and Sundays on ITV at 9pm

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