Harry Redknapp says Jamie and Frida are ‘very happy’ and keeping baby’s gender a secret
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Since being crowned I’m A Celebrity winner in 2018, Harry Redknapp has been busier than ever. And while the 74-year-old shows no sign of slowing down, it’s safe to say he’s never happier than when he’s at home with his beloved wife, Sandra.
The nation was captivated by their love story and Harry’s adoration for Sandra during the ITV show, and when we catch up with the couple it’s clear things haven’t changed a jot.
“Sandra’s my life,” smiles Harry, who met “Sarn” in 1964 at a dance in East London. “I love her to bits.”
The couple have remained inseparable ever since that first meeting – aside from when Sandra is enjoying her soaps and Harry is watching the football!
Harry and Sandra recently moved into their dream home
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They have just moved into a beautiful five-bedroom house in a leafy suburb of Poole, since quitting their famous glass-fronted Sandbanks mansion in 2020 after 25 years. And as they welcome us into their new abode, where they live with their British bulldog Barney, we can’t wait to quiz them on the latest goings-on – including former footie manager Harry’s stint as a soap star with an EastEnders cameo to coincide with the Euros.
Harry and Sandra are also delighted at learning they will be grandparents again, after their son Jamie announced in May that he’s expecting his third child – his first with girlfriend Frida Andersson Lourie.
Here, the lovely couple, who celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary last month, tell us more…
Harry, Sandra – your home is incredible. What do you love about it?
Harry: The views. It’s got stunning views across the golf course and you can see the harbour. We have deer come in the garden and almost up to the back door. I love animals so I like feeding the birds too. We never had that on the beach, just the seagulls!
Do you have a favourite room?
Sandra: I love the whole house but the kitchen is my favourite place to be. It’s large and easy to use.
Harry: My favourite room is the one with the TV, where I can watch my football and horse racing! We need a couple of TVs in the house so Sandra can watch her soaps and I can watch football.
Who picks out the interiors?
Sandra: I design the interiors and then we have decorators who do the work.
Harry: Sandra’s got an eye for it so I leave it to her.
What was the decision behind leaving your home in Sandbanks after so long?
Harry: It’s a beautiful place but with it being by the water it got too busy for us. We lived on the water for 25 years and we just wanted a bit of a change.
Sandra: We adored our time in Sandbanks but we love where we are now. It’s quieter.
Do you miss being by the beach?
Harry: Yeah, I enjoyed it. You could walk down and have a swim. I grew up in East London in a block of flats on a council estate, so to live on the beach was a dream come true for me. I feel very lucky.
The couple have been married for over five decades
You recently marked 54 years of marriage. What’s the secret?
Sandra: I suppose the secret to our marriage is talking and never going to sleep on a row. We understand each other and are just happy being together.
Harry: I love her to bits and we get on great. Since we first went out it’s been like that. Sandra’s my life. We met at 17 and went out for three or four years before we got married. It was different in those days – you didn’t live together. I lived in East London with my parents and Sandra lived at home with her family.
So you only moved in together once you were married?
Harry: Oh yes, that’s how it was then. If I stayed longer than 15 minutes when I took her home, her dad, a big guy who worked down the docks, used to bang on the floor and say, “It’s time to go, Harry!” Sandra’s sister married Frank Lampard [Snr] and Frank knew it was time to go as well.
How do you tend to celebrate your wedding anniversary?
Sandra: We go out for a nice meal at our favourite restaurant. Or sometimes we’ll just stay in and I’ll cook.
Harry: Yeah, we’re not big party people. We like going out for dinner a couple of nights, but we’re very quiet really. We just like each other’s company. We’d get embarrassed having a big party. I don’t really like the attention being on me.
We think that would surprise people, Harry…
Harry: I know. It’s only since I did the jungle that Sandra has been put in the spotlight. It’s not something she ever wanted to do. She’s not mad on it and could do without it!
Sandra was there to support Harry when he won I'm A Celebrity in 2018
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So you’re not a fan of the celebrity life, Sandra?
Sandra: No, I’m not keen on the limelight. I like to keep to myself. But being married to Harry I’m used to him being in the spotlight and always being on TV.
Harry: People don’t think it but I like the quiet life. I’ve been busier than ever these last couple of years and it was not something I was looking to do. People just asked me to do stuff and I did. Even doing the jungle, I wasn’t going to do it and it wasn’t something I thought I’d fancy – I was just asked to do it and some mates said it would be a great experience. Since then, things have been crazy.
Do you regret going on the show?
Harry: No, I’m glad I did it. I met a really nice group of people and it was good fun. I’m still in touch with everyone – we have a WhatsApp group.
It sounds like you’d like to slow down, Harry?
Harry: I should be slowing down! The plan was to play golf every day and slow right down, but that hasn’t happened.
Sandra: I don’t think Harry will ever slow down, but we are trying to get him to. He enjoys the events and everything he is doing but often the travelling can be tiring for him.
It was revealed earlier this year that Jamie is expecting his first child with girlfriend Frida Andersson-Lourie
How do you feel about welcoming another grandchild now Jamie and Frida are expecting?
Sandra: It’s exciting!
Harry: Yeah, we’re very excited. Jamie is very happy and Frida is happy. We’re lucky that Jamie has two boys already, Charley and Beau, and our other son Mark has five children, so this will be grandchild number eight. We’ve got our hands full!
Do they keep you on your toes?
Harry: They keep me skint!
Are Jamie and Frida going to find out what they’re having?
Harry: They’re going to keep it a secret.
What was it like living with all boys when Jamie and Mark were younger, Sandra?
Sandra: The main challenge was having to keep them all tidy [laughs]!
Would you two ever renew your vows?
Sandra: There is no need for us to renew our vows but it is something we’d consider.
Did you ever want to manage England, Harry?
Harry: I would’ve loved to. There was a time [in 2012] where it looked like I’d get the job and that would’ve been great, but it didn’t happen. It wasn’t to be and I’ve been lucky that I’ve managed lots of good teams and players.
Harry recently made an appearance in EastEnders
And you had a cameo in EastEnders recently to tie in with the Euros!
Harry: It was only a small part but it was good fun. I went into the Queen Vic and had a drink with Danny Dyer. He was great, and Brian Conley. I’ve been a fan of Brian’s for a while.
It must have been amazing filming such an iconic soap as an East End boy…
Harry: Yeah, being an East End boy and then being in EastEnders was great fun! A year or two ago someone asked what’s the next thing you’re going to do and I said, “I’ll be in EastEnders next,” as a joke, and then I was asked to do it! Sandra likes her soaps, so she watched me while I watched football in the other room!
Sandra: He’s always wanted to have a cameo role coming from the East End.
Now you’ve ticked EastEnders off your list, what’s next, Harry?
Harry: I think I’m just about done! I did my podcast [The Harry Redknapp Show] and that was great fun. We had some good guests like Rod Stewart. If anything comes along that’s fun I’ll do it, but I’m not chasing it. I’m 75 next year and I’m still so busy!
And as you like the quiet life, we take it there won’t be a big party for your 75th?
Harry: No, not if I can help it. It will just be me and Sandra going out for dinner and a glass of wine. We’re very happy doing that.