Absolutely deceitful! Prue Leith breaks silence on affair with husband of mums best pal

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The Great British Bake Off star Prue Leith, 81, opened up about an affair with her late husband Rayne Kruger. The Channel 4 star admitted their romantic tryst was “absolutely deceitful” as they kept it secret for 13 years.

The South African cook was previously married to author Rayne from 1974 to 2002, when he died at the age of 80.

Rayne was the husband of “family friend” Nan Munro, who was reported to be Prue’s mother’s best pal.

Addressing their secret in a new interview, Prue said she was “absolutely in love” with her late husband.

The TV judge added that she “adored” Rayne’s wife also, despite having the affair.

“I was really happy, because I was in love with Rayne, nobody knew about our affair and so I was still great friends with all of his family and his wife who I adored,” she explained.

“Although this was absolutely deceitful, I could no more have walked away from him than flown to the moon, I was completely in love with him.”

The on-screen star said that she would not have left her husband after their secret affair.

Prue added to BBC’s Desert Island Discs: “I am not at all proud of the fact that I was an adulteress for all that time but in a sense, I don’t think I had any option, I could not have left him, ever.”

Following their affair, Prue and Rayne eventually married and had their son Daniel, before adopting daughter Li-Da from Cambodia.

The Channel 4 star has previously addressed the loneliness she experienced after her husband’s death.

The small screen regular explained that she became aware she had no friends in the couple’s local area as they hadn’t spoken to their neighbours in the village, also branding Rayne a “recluse”.

“I was very busy with business stuff but I had tons of friends in London and a very sociable life that [my husband] didn’t really care for, ” she told Annie Mac on the Changes podcast.

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“When I went home for the weekends all I wanted was to have scrambled eggs in front of the TV. I was really tired by the end of the week. It all worked perfectly.”

“But what I hadn’t realised was that when he died I would have no friends,” Prue remarked. “Because we didn’t know any of the neighbours.”

She continued: “He never wanted to know any of the neighbours. He really was quite reclusive. He liked his own friends, a few that he had for years. He liked the family to come around.

“Apart from that, I didn’t really know anyone.”

“So when he died I was really, really lonely. I just worked harder but I was miserable because my husband had died,” Prue finished.

Several years after her husband’s death, Prue went on to marry clothes designer John Playfair.

The pair first met when she was 76 and he was 70, with them tying the knot in Scotland in 2016.

It wasn’t until last year that the couple bought their first home together and moved in together nine years into their relationship.

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