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Wednesday 5th August 2020

Carol McGiffin explains why she hasn't married fiancé of nine years yet

They've been engaged for nine years!

Her fiancé Mark Cassidy popped the question nearly a decade ago but Carol McGiffin still hasn't set a date for their wedding.

Now the former Loose Women star, 58, has opened up about why she still isn't any closer to walking down the aisle with Mark, who is 22 years her junior.

Writing in her column for Best magazine, Carol admitted she should probably be feeling inspired by the forthcoming royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.

Carol said she and Mark are put off the idea of having a big wedding (Credit: Fameflynet)

But that hasn't actually happened... and there are several good reasons why.

The thought of a big wedding... sends shivers down both our spines.

Carol wrote: "I should be digging out my own three dresses I bought nearly ten years ago, looking at venues and sending out 'save the date' cards.

"But the thought of a big wedding with massive expense, the risk of bad weather, relatives you hardly know, people getting upset when you're not invited and so on, just sends shivers down both our spines. And that's why we still haven't done it."

The broadcaster went on to ask readers to share their advice on how she can have a small wedding without offending friends and family who may be left off the guest list.

The couple still haven't set a date for their wedding after nearly a decade together (Credit: Fameflynet)

Carol and Mark, a TV producer, met at an end-of-series party for Loose Women in August 2008 and they quickly hit it off.

They got engaged the following Christmas Eve after Mark proposed during a romantic holiday in Phuket, Thailand.

Carol broke the happy news shortly after on Loose Women, telling the panel and the studio audience: "When we were on holiday he asked me to marry him and I said yes!"

She exclaimed: "Oh My God, I am getting married again! It doesn't sound right coming out of my mouth."

Carol announced her engagement on Loose Women back in 2009 (Credit: ITV)

She said at the time they hadn't thought about how they would tie the knot.

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Carol has previously spoken out about the couple's age gap, saying it is not an issue to either of them.

The presenter said she couldn't believe she was engaged again, having previously been wed to Chris Evans (Credit: ITV)

"Yes, it is a big difference, but he is a very mature, grown-up 26 – more than I was at that age – he has a good job and owns his flat," she told the Sunday Mirror in 2008. "I am a very immature, young 48 so I reckon we meet somewhere in the middle."

The couple have proved the naysayers wrong by still being together nearly ten years later, with Mark supporting Carol as she battled breast cancer.

When they do tie the knot, it will be the second wedding for Carol, who was married to Chris Evans from 1991 to 1997.

The couple, pictured on a recent windy holiday, have a 22 year age gap (Credit: Twitter)

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