‘It’s my most treasured item’: Queen Of The Jungle Jill Scott reveals Prince William sent her a handwritten letter
She’s rubbed shoulders with royals several times while representing England in football tournaments.
Yet Jill Scott revealed Prince William went above and beyond in a sweet gesture as he penned her a handwritten letter once she announced her retirement.
The former Lioness, 35, discussed her delight at the gift as she appeared on Tuesday’s Loose Women following her I’m A Celebrity stint.
‘It’s my most treasured item’: Queen Of The Jungle Jill Scott revealed on Tuesday’s Loose Women that Prince William had sent her a handwritten letter
Jill – who was crowned Queen Of The Jungle last month – revealed: ‘Just before I came into the jungle he hand wrote us a letter about my retirement.
‘That’s like my most treasured item now.’
The sports star – who looked chic for her TV appearance in a black lace shirt – went on to reveal that the prince has an open invitation to come see the coffee shop she shares with fiancée Shelly Unitt.
She revealed: ‘I want him to come!’
In good company: She’s rubbed shoulders with royals several times while representing England in football tournaments (pictured with William at the Euros final in July)
When Jill announced her retirement in August at the age of 35, Prince William, president of the FA, wrote in a personal tweet: ‘A pioneer of Women’s football and a great team player.
‘@JillScottJS8 congratulations on a wonderful career, it’s been a pleasure to get to know you. Tiny bit pleased there won’t be any more slide tackles during “friendly” kickabouts… W’.
Jill previously revealed that she suffered an embarrassing mishap with the royal when they first met.
Chirpy: Jill – who was crowned Queen Of The Jungle last month – revealed: ‘Just before I came into the jungle he hand wrote us a letter about my retirement
She confessed: ‘So the first time I met him – that’s why he wrote that tweet saying “Watch your sliding tackles,” because the first time I met him was a kind of charity game.
‘And I slipped and absolutely wiped him out! So I’m always a bit embarrassed about that, but he always remembers it!’
After retiring from football, Jill was immediately snapped up by ITV bosses to star in I’m A Celeb, which returned to its native Australia for the first time in two years.
Dressed to impress: The sports star – who looked chic for her TV appearance in a black lace shirt – said the letter was ‘my most treasured item now’
After living life in the moment and following her mantra ‘Step by step, day by day, mile by mile’, which she has tattooed on her wrist, Jill admits she doesn’t necessarily have a career plan now.
Asked whether she sees herself as ITV’s new poster girl, Jill told MailOnline: ‘I haven’t really thought about it. I am so in the moment.
‘I feel like a lot of people retire, say Alex Scott for example, she had this media plan of what she was going to do but I’m just not like that.
‘I’m like just be the best version of yourself every day and I always think tomorrow is not guaranteed so if you can do that and then hopefully something will come up.’
Pop in any time! She went on to reveal that the prince has an open invitation to come see the coffee shop she shares with fiancée Shelly Unitt