Countdown host Nick Hewer has said he found Prince Andrew “gross” and “self important” The 76-year-old presenter, who recently announced his retirement from the Channel 4 game show, claimed that his sister Princess Anne, by contrast, was “wonderful”

Nick made his comments about the Queen’s son as he looked back on his formidable career and the people he has met over the years

His company was hired by Alan Zucker’s electronics company Amstrad, and he later joined The Apprentice as a consultant from 2005 to 2014

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Recalling his meetings with high-ranking members of the royal family, Nick wrote, “I found Prince Andrew whom I met at a reception at St. James’s Palace was envisioned, booming, gross and puffed up by its own self

“He was no more interested in me than I was in him,” he wrote in his Daily Mail column

The Channel 4 star further stated that he met the Princess Royal years ago when she was shopping for an Amstrad laptop for her father, Prince Philip

“She walked into a room facing the mall, dressed exquisitely in green and, much to my confusion, had a large piece of rock under her arm,” he recalled,

Nick explained that the big stone was needed to hold the plugs in place at Buckingham Palace, where the meeting was taking place

The grandfather added that he considered the 70-year-old King to be “no-nonsense and a thoroughly good sport”

The soon-to-be-retired presenter also spoke about his plans to get a dog this year as he has a little more time to spare

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Nick announced his retirement from the countdown earlier this month after taking a break from the show amid the coronavirus pandemic

He said the free time made him reassess his priorities as the intensity of the filming took its toll

The show, which is filmed in Media City in Salford, records 15 shows over three days, which means long hours and many nights away from home

Nick’s Twitter statement began, “Delighted to be back at the Countdown Studio after another forced lockdown, BUT this final lockdown gave me an opportunity to reflect on my future life and I’ve decided it’s a good one Time is to withdraw at the end of my contract in the new year

“As someone in his 77th At the age of ten, which will host the great British institution Countdown when it is ten, I think it’s time to smell the flowers and get a dog

“But now let me take this opportunity to say it has been a privilege and a pleasure to take the helm of Countdown”

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