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Ant McPartlin interrupts paternity leave to support King Charles at Prince's Trust Awards

The I'm a Celebrity presenter welcomed his first child last week

Matthew Moore
Online News Writer & Diversity and Inclusion Lead
May 21, 2024
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Ant McPartlin has interrupted his paternity leave in order to show support for King Charles, with the star acting a presenter at the Prince's Trust Awards.

Despite welcoming a baby boy just a week ago, the star was on top form at the event with his signature wild smile and upbeat manner. Standing alongside his co-presenter, Declan Donnelly, Ant looked super suave in a black suit as he presented at the event.

Ant was straight back to work following the arrival of his baby boy with his partner, Anne-Marie Corbett. In a sweet announcement post, the 48-year-old beamed: "Welcome to the family. Wilder Patrick Mcpartlin. Born, 14/05/24 at 8.54am. Baby is beautiful, Mummy's a legend, Sisters are over the moon. Dad's a mess!"

Although Wilder is Ant's first child, he is a stepfather to Anne-Marie's two daughters from a previous marriage, Poppy and Daisy. It's thought that the couple's newborn's middle name, Patrick, is a tribute to Anne-Marie's late father Paddy.

Ant confirmed the news by sharing a picture of him holding his newborn son© Instagram
Ant and his wife welcomed a son last week

The couple had mostly kept their pregnancy out of the news before Ant's stepfather, David, confirmed that the presenter was due to become a father for the first time. David told The Sun: "He's very happy I think. I'm over the moon."

Anne-Marie debuted her baby bump while returning home from a trip to Dubai with her beloved, placing her hand over her chest at Heathrow Airport.

Ant and Dec smiling together as they celebrate 30 years in TV© Getty
Ant reunited with Dec for the Prince's Trust

Ant and Anne-Marie – who tied the knot in 2021 – will raise their son at the £6 million home they share in Wimbledon.

Mail Online has reported that Ant's best friend and long-time presenting partner, Declan Donnelly, has been given the honour of serving as the baby's godfather. 

Ant McPartlin and Anne-Marie Corbett in matching black outfits© Ricky Vigil M
Wilder is Ant's first child with wife Anne-Marie

After years of friendship, Ant was appointed godfather to Dec's children – Isla (born in 2019) and Jack (born in 2022) – whom he shares with his wife, Ali Astall. Jack's middle name is also Ant, a reference to the pair's close friendship.

Speaking to Fault magazine, Ant explained how focusing on his family was one of the reasons he and Dec were taking a break from Saturday Night Takeaway.

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donelly embracing© Kieron McCarron/ITV/Shutterstock
The duo stood back from Saturday Night Takeaway to spend time with their families

"On a more personal level, part of the reason we're pausing Takeaway is we need a break ourselves, and we need to spend some time with our family," he explained.

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"We've both got children that we need to spend time with for a little bit. We need time to think and, and time to step back and look at the bigger picture and just see where we are now."

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