Photo courtesy of David Chambers
1. Do you have one personal possesion that you carry everywhere with you?
The only things I always take with me are pictures of my children. I have little snapshots of them at various ages, and enjoy looking at them or showing people how cute they were. Nothing warms the cockles of my heart like my kids.
2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I am very lucky, because, if I could live anywhere in the world, it would still be at Castle Goring in West Sussex. The castle itself is magical, the setting picturesque. It's very accessible and near to town, five minutes from the supermarket, but also located on a working estate, so when you're in it, looking out, you see bucolic fields full of sheep and wonderful old oak trees. Yet there is a petrol station half a mile away, and a charming pub even closer by.
The architect who designed Castle Goring, John Biaggio Rebecca, really understood light, with the result that even the rooms on the north side are always bright, even on a dull day. This helps to give it a very cheerful atmosphere, a theme which the design of the place itself carries through architecturally. It was built as the ancestral home of the great Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley by his grandparents, Sir Bysshe and Lady Shelley, who can't have agreed on what they wanted, with the result that the north facade is castellated Gothic and the south is Greco-Roman Classical. Yet all the details declaim celebration of life, from the enfilade of three state rooms on the first floor to the Coade stone statues of Pan, Bacchus and Ceres looking down on celebrants on the south lawn.
The place itself is the perfect size - not too big, which would make it difficult to manage, but spacious and gracious and full of the most wonderful plasterwork, which adds such tone to the interior. The castle itself is called the most perfect example of its type by Historic England, but what I love about it isn't only the architectural features but the way it is set in its own park, surrounded by the most beautiful fields and woodland. And, as my city dwelling friends never cease to comment upon, the air is so clear. Possibly this is because we're relatively near the sea, so the ozone that drifts our way may add to the calm and good cheer which seems the place embodies.
3. What is the most disgusting thing that you've ever eaten?
I would have to say that the most disgusting thing I have ever eaten is the anus I consumed on the eating challenge in 'I'm A Celebrity 2015'. One didn't make a big deal out of it, for it is so tiresome to be hysterical about such petty things, but it's not an experience I'm eager to repeat, let's put it that way.
4. If you were stranded on a raft in the ocean, who would you most like to be there with you?
I would choose to have my two boys with me, because I love them and am always happy to see them. Also, they are practical, down-to-earth, and strong, and with them, my chances of survival would be increased. Then, if we didn't make it, at least we'd all be together.
5. Please give your top three tips for success.
1) Never forget that we are eternal beings and that what we do today, won't only affect us tomorrow, but for all eternity. If you're a good and kind and decent person, you've won the largest of life's battles, so even if you lose out in the short term, in the long run, you're still a winner. I'm a firm believer that the most important thing in life is to be a good person: a goal that is readily realisable for each of us.
2) Don't follow the herd. You're not cattle or sheep. Follow your inner compass, and make sure it's set positively. Remember, everything in life has forseen and unforseen consequences. No matter what happens, you always have to deal with the unexpected, so you may as well be courageous. That doesn't mean that you won't have fear (which can be healthy in certain situations) but it does mean you shouldn't opt out of your responsibilities to yourself, to others, and to your God. Don't be a coward. Cowardice is as much a choice as courageousness and, in its own way, is an equally hard (maybe even harder) road to travel. Cowardice also has a downside as well as an upside. But the one thing cowards never enjoy is self-respect. And I don't think a life is worth living without self-respect.
3) Do transcendental meditation. It is the most wonderful relaxation technique and medical science has begun to realise the tremendous benefits it has to its practitioners in terms of mental, spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. I don't think I could have got through my life if my brother had not introduced me to it over forty years ago. I am sure life would have crushed me entirely.
Lady Campbell is presently working on a book about, and entitled, 'The Queen's Marriage.'