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How do you make love last? It’s a ques­tion that has fas­ci­nated and per­plexed all of us at some point. To­day we can ex­clu­sively share some in­sights from the cou­ple who should prob­a­bly write the de­fin­i­tive book on the sub­ject, Harry and San­dra Red­knapp. When he ap­peared on

I’m A Celebrity… last year, Harry not only won the show but stole the hearts of the na­tion with his pal­pa­ble ado­ra­tion of the woman he’s been mar­ried to for 51 years. They still look at each other like teenagers in the throes of a first crush. Stay­ing the course of a mar­riage is not easy. Do­ing it and re­main­ing madly in love is a next-level achieve­ment.

If you’re look­ing for some an­swers on how to do that, I’d sug­gest start­ing with our in­ter­view with the Red­knapps on page 46. YOU’s star colum­nist El­iz­a­beth Day was in­vited to their Sand­banks home for break­fast and a glimpse at what true love looks like. It may be cheesy but the YOU team came back from our photo shoot with songs in their hearts. Ev­ery time San­dra stepped in front of the cam­era in an­other glam­orous gown, Harry’s jaw would hit the floor and he’d ex­claim, ‘Oh my God, San­dra, you’re BEAU­TI­FUL! What have I DONE? I’ve kept you hid­den away for 50 years, now I’m gonna have toy­boys turn­ing up on my doorstep! Don’t put pic­tures on Tin­der will you? What­ever Tin­der is.’ But af­ter Harry’s jun­gle win they might both need to get used to shar­ing a bit more; at one point he nipped to the shops and was way­laid by ador­ing fans. He re­turned clutch­ing an I’m A Celeb- themed jig­saw puz­zle handed to him by a stranger!

I’m not even half­way to achiev­ing the Red­knapps’ im­pres­sive in­nings, but I’m feel­ing happy and thank­ful that my hus­band and I will cel­e­brate our 19th wed­ding an­niver­sary this month. Cue all the classic ‘You don’t get that for mur­der’ jokes. But se­ri­ously, we can never re­ally know what makes an­other cou­ple’s re­la­tion­ship work. Do I have any wis­dom to share on what makes a suc­cess­ful mar­riage? Well, I once asked my hus­band, ‘What’s one thing I could do to be a bet­ter wife?’ and he replied, ‘You could stop leav­ing your used teabags in the sink.’ I asked, he an­swered, and I stopped do­ing that. And we are still mar­ried, so maybe there’s some­thing in it.

This is­sue is packed with love (from the Red­knapps), health (from Dr Michael Mosley in our ex­clu­sive pull­out of his de­li­cious shakes recipes) and hap­pi­ness (take your pick from fash­ion, beauty and even the joys of… vine­gar!). In other words, all the things we want you to have to start your 2019 bril­liantly. Happy New Year!

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