The 64-year-old returns to screens tonight for her new show My Cornwall with Fern Britton, which will see the much-loved TV presenter embark on a personal journey through the region. Fern, who is much-loved for her charming on-screen manner, will soak up the sights and sounds of Cornwall, walking through its captivating landscapes and idyllic coastlines. Over the course of the two-part series, shown on Channel 5, Fern hopes to uncover some of Cornwall’s hidden beauty, which is often an influence when she writes her novels.
She captured the hearts of audiences with appearances on shows such as ITV’s This Morning and the BBC’s Ready Steady Cook.
Renowned for her pleasant and charming manner, the Ealing-born star has also interviewed some of the world’s most influential leaders on Fern Britton Meets…, including a meeting with former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Her understanding and genuine compassion have been a cornerstone of her career, and when Meghan opened up about a miscarriage last year, the presenter was quick to show her support.
In an emotional Twitter post, Fern wrote: “I feel for everyone who has had a miscarriage.
“It’s common and emotionally painful. Let’s not attack a single woman who has told her story. Kindness to all.”
At the time, Meghan had come under attack from Twitter users and some commentators, but Fern’s call for the abuse to stop was backed by other social media users.
One wrote: “I don’t know what happened to #BeKind but I read some shocking comments here yesterday poor Meghan.
“No one deserves to be treated this way, my heart was broken for her and Harry.”
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“Why can’t people talk about it if they want to!”
Finding Freedom, a biography of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, published last year, is set to be updated with new chapters, which HarperCollins said would detail Meghan’s “emotional healing journey from the loss of a child when their daughter is born”.
This is not the first time Meghan has been supported by Fern, who also shared a post condemning former Good Morning Britain host Pier Morgan’s attacks on the Duchess of Sussex.
He previously described Meghan as “fake”, a “ruthless social climber” and accused her of using her marriage to Prince Harry as a way to “get to the top”.
Piers’ fury with Meghan appears to stem from 2015, when the Duchess allegedly “ghosted” him.
But Fern shared a post from Jonny Benjamin in 2020, which tore Piers apart, demanding he “stop the bullying” of Meghan and Harry.
Jonny originally posted: ‘I’ve tried to stay away from social media as it’s not good for me [right now] but the truth is that I have become obsessed with trying to end the bullying and injustice that happens to Harry and Meghan every day.
“PLEASE @itv @gmb @susannareid10 step up and do something about @piersmorgan.”
Most recently, Channel 5 released an update on what viewers can expect from Fern and her emotional journey through Cornwall.
A Channel 5 spokesperson said: “As long as Fern Britton can remember, Cornwall has always been in his heart. From childhood holidays in the 1950s to covering the region as a reader local news in the 80s; and now as his home and inspiration as an author.
“By delving into Cornwall’s roots, its rich history, heritage, myths and legends, can Fern uncover the secret to the magic of modern Cornwall?”
My Cornwall with Fern Britton airs tonight from 8pm on Channel 5.