CAPTION: Dick Strawbridge and wife break silence on bullying claims
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Escape To The Chateau star Dick Strawbridge has blasted the bullying allegations.
In a new interview, the TV star told a newspaper his dad would turn in his grave over bad and ungentlemanly behaviour.
Now Dick, 61, and Angel have broken their silence after they faced a storm of allegations when it was claimed the couple were "greedy, thankless and rude – absolutely nothing like they come across on television".
In a flurry of headlines, it was alleged Dick pushed a crew member and threatened to throw another member of staff out the "f***ing window" – according to sources speaking to The Times.
Dick Strawbridge says his dad would turn in his grave over bullying claim
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At the time, a spokesperson for the pair vehemently denied these claims and had the backing of production staff who said the couple were "professional, hard-working and generous".
Speaking about it for the first time, Angel was quick to defend her "chivalrous" husband over the bullying allegations in a new interview.
She told The Telegraph : "If you asked every single person on our team, they would all say that Dick is completely chivalrous. He will always be that person opening doors, helping people, and if anyone upsets me, he will be the first person to take control of the situation. He is very protective."
Angel was quick to defend her "chivalrous" husband over the bullying allegations in a new interview
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On the back of this, Dick added: "My father would turn in his grave if I didn’t stand up when a lady walked into a room or open the door for her – all those things a man has to do and Arthur is already doing at eight."
Angel said the couple need to move on from the bullying allegations but keenly added people who work with them on the TV show for a length of time have always been like family.
She said: "I think we need to move on, but I just want to say that, even in the early days, the core people working here were family… These anonymous people – we don’t know who they are – we probably only met once. One of them, the main one we think, we only met for a couple of hours. The people who were here for any length of time were family; the kids knew them and we really opened up our world to them, so you can imagine that it felt very sad to read a lot of that stuff."
Escape to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend starts on Thursday at 9pm on Channel 4
They set the record straight over the bullying claims ahead of their new TV series for fans.
The Strawbridge family live happily together on the gorgeous 12-acre grounds of the Chateau de la Motte Husson.
Dick and Angel were married in 2015 and they made the Chateau their home; the rest is history.
The lovebirds have an incredible story and a close bond which made viewers instantly fall in love with them on screen.
* Escape to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend starts on Thursday at 9pm on Channel 4