Night Lady C threw a glass of wine in society spat
LADY Colin Campbell’s outrageous behaviour on I’m a Celebrity . . . Get Met Out of here! has shocked viewers and led to her being branded a ‘rude, horrible woman’ by one of her mild-mannered fellow contestants.
The royal biographer’s obnoxiousness has, however, come as little surprise to fellow socialite Basia Briggs, who was once involved in a public confrontation with the reality TV star that allegedly involved an injured leg, a glass of wine thrown and the police being called.
‘That woman doesn’t scare me,’ says Basia when I bump into her at a London party. ‘ I won’t tolerate bullies. her character is really coming through in the jungle.’
Basia (pronounced Basher) has vivid memories of the contretemps with deep-voiced Georgie, who still uses the title from her brief marriage to Lord Colin Campbell in the early Seventies.
She had just arrived at the 1999 party, to mark the launch of a Mayfair hair salon, as Lady Colin was leaving when the pair squared up to each other in the cramped doorway.
Basia, a friend of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, tells me: ‘I remember her saying, “Are you going to move or am I going to make you?”
‘I told her, “I don’t care for bullies,” and stood my ground.’
Jamaica-born Georgie then threw a glass of white wine all over Basia, who was romantically linked to ‘Boat Race Bacchus’ Dan Topolski, the late Oxford rowing coach and BBC commentator.
‘I didn’t care if I got drenched,’ Basia says. ‘It was important to stand up to her.’ Lady Colin claimed that Basia had kicked her and police were called to investigate the ‘assault’.
Both women were interviewed but neither was charged. ‘The police were ever so nice to me,’ Basia says. ‘I kept my dignity. When I later mentioned Georgie’s behaviour to people they didn’t believe me, but now they’ve seen her face contorted with rage on TV they will understand.’
Basia is not the only one for whom Georgie’s appearance has brought back bad memories. Lord Colin said: ‘I soon discovered that she is trouble with a capital T. If I could offer any advice to the other contestants, it would be to avoid her at all costs.’