Amanda Barrie claims she was asked to take Prince Charles’ virginity. Celebrity Big Brother’s Amanda Barrie has claimed Prince Philip’s friend asked her to teach Prince Charles about s*x. Amanda Barrie has claimed she was asked to take Prince Charles’ virginity. The former ‘Coronation Street’ star has revealed that she was asked by James Robertson Justice – a friend of Charles’ father Prince Philip – to teach the 69-year-old royal about s*x while he was attending Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland.
According to the Daily Mail newspaper, Amanda claimed James – who died in 1975 – had called the invitation an “ultimate compliment” but told her not to be “offended” by it. She explained: “He was obviously very embarrassed and went round and round in circles before it came out. Finally, he admitted he was one of eight people who had been selected to help ‘launch the royal males into their future life’, as he put it.
“Between them, they had to choose anyone they thought would be suitable to teach Prince Charles about s*x, and James had decided that I was suitable.
“He actually said: ‘We don’t really want people who are experienced but on the other hand, well, obviously they have to know the ropes. Frankly, the main thing one needs is a sense of humor and I know you have got that.
“James indicated that if things went well, I would be a kind of fixture — not a girlfriend, but someone in the background. He said: ‘They [the royals] can’t possibly go off into the world without their own person.’ It was to be a privilege as no payment was offered.”
But Amanda – who came out as gay when she was 67 and married Hilary Bonner – turned down the request because she didn’t want to be blamed for the experience. The 82-year-old actress said: “The one thing that put me off was he suggested I take a pair of khaki shorts to go shooting. It was those that did it. I couldn’t imagine me, in my wig and false eyelashes, dressed in khaki shorts striding across the moors. I had this terrible image of having to face the Queen over breakfast. What would she say? ‘So, Amanda, how was it? I also thought that because Charles was so young, it might be a dreadful experience and I might be blamed. I had to say ‘no’.”
Amanda Barrie was born on 14 September 1935. She is an English actress. She appeared in two of the Carry On films, and one episode of the BBC comedy series Are You Being Served? Before being cast as Alma Sedgewick (Baldwin) in Coronation Street, which she played on and off for 20 years. She has since enjoyed a varied stage and TV career. Born Shirley Anne Broadbent in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, Barrie attended St Anne’s College, St Anne’s on Sea. She then trained at the Arts Educational School in London and later at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She appeared in pantomime as a child and was a dancer before acting in a number of British television and film roles in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as presenting Hickory House with former Coronation Street star Alan Rothwell between 1973 and 1977. She was also in two of the Carry On films, a long-running series of British comedy films: she had a supporting turn as a cab driver in Carry On Cabby (1963) and took the title role in Carry On Cleo (1964), which helped her on her way to becoming an international star of stage and screen.
In 1975, Barrie played Mrs. B.J. Spence in the Walt Disney film One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing. After roles in a string of one-off television plays and series, she appeared in a guest role as a ballet mistress in the popular BBC comedy series Are You Being Served? In 1979. She worked for many years as a chorus girl in the West End until her first break as an actress came along. At sixteen she danced at the Windsor Club with Danny La Rue and Barbara Windsor, changing her name before making her West End debut in 1961’s ‘Babes in the Wood’. Throughout the ’60s Amanda worked on many stage productions including ‘Cabaret’, ‘Private Lives’, ‘Hobson’s Choice’ and ‘Aladdin’, and continued to perform on stage until the mid-1980s. She is well known as Alma Sedgewick (later Baldwin), on Coronation Street. She was a bit-player in the early to mid-1980s before she was offered a contract in 1988, after which she became a very well-known character. She continued in the role until her retirement in 2001. In the story, Alma was diagnosed with cervical cancer which later caused her death.
Since leaving Coronation Street, Barrie continued to act, firstly as Margo Phillips in the long-running BBC soap opera Doctors for nine episodes, and in the popular ITV1 prison series, Bad Girls, playing inmate Bev Tull from the fifth series to the last, along with Phyl Oswyn played by Stephanie Beacham. The characters together were known as “The Costa Cons”. She also became one of the celebrities who took part in Hell’s Kitchen; a popular ITV1 “reality TV” series which screened in 2004. While on the show, she became so frustrated with Gordon Ramsay that she tried to slap him across the face. In 2005 she appeared as the wicked witch of the west in a pantomime adaptation of The Wizard of Oz at an Oxford theater. She appeared on a pantomime edition of The Weakest Link dressed as the witch to raise money for charity but she was voted off in the second round. From November 2006 to January 2007, Barrie took a starring role in the pantomime adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk in Canterbury. From December 2007 to January 2008, she appeared as the Fairy Godmother in the pantomime adaptation of Cinderella at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. From December 2008 to January 2009, she played the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool. She again played the role from December 2009 to January 2010 in Rhyl. In December 2010 and January 2011 she played the role in Bournemouth. She played role again from December 2011 to January 2012 in Worthing. On Tuesday 7 August 2012 she appeared in the BBC drama Holby City as troubled, sassy, failed actress Annabella Casey. She again played the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft from December 2013 to January 2014. In June 2014, Barrie returned to the set of Coronation Street for a 30-minute documentary entitled, Gail & Me: 40 Years on Coronation Street, and was reunited with former co-star and friend, Helen Worth, who has played Gail Platt in the soap since 1974. Amanda is currently taking part in Celebrity Big Brother 2018.