Gok Wan ‘devastated’ to skip MBE ceremony due to illness

Gok was concerned about sharing his germs (Picture: TLC/Elise Dumontet)

Television presenter Gok Wan is ‘devastated’ to have cancelled his visit to Windsor Castle to pick up his MBE due to a chest infection.

Gok, who was due to receive the award for services to fashion and social awareness from Anne, Princess Royal, told his Twitter followers he was feeling ‘a little topsy turvy’ on Tuesday morning.

He tweeted: ‘Wide awake (cos I passed out on the sofa at 9.50pm)… so I’m ordering Christmas decorations for my panto dressing room. Anyone else feeling a little topsy turvy? Just me? Ok.’

A spokeswoman for How to Look Good Naked star Gok confirmed he was ill and was ‘devastated’ he could not go to the ceremony as he ‘really wanted to go’.

She told the PA news agency: ‘He’s got a chest infection. He didn’t want to share his germs so he’s rescheduled it. The only reason is he didn’t feel 100%.

‘He kept testing for Covid, he doesn’t have Covid but didn’t want to share his germs.’

Wide awake (cos I passed out on the sofa at 9.50pm)… so I’m ordering Christmas decorations for my Panto dressing room. Anyone else feeling a little topsy turvy? Just me? Ok…

— Gok Wan MBE 🌈 (@therealgokwan) October 12, 2021

The star has been awarded an MBE for services to fashion and social awareness (Picture: Getty)

The Say Yes to the Dress: Lancashire presenter was due to be honoured alongside Grand National-winning jockey Bob Champion, who has been made a CBE in recognition of his charitable services to prostate and testicular cancer research.

Also being recognised at the ceremony are Sue Campbell, Baroness of Loughborough and the director of women’s football at the FA, who will receive a damehood, and the president of Wales Rugby League, Mike Nicholas, who will be given his MBE insignia.

Nurse Ashleigh Liddell, who made scrubs for colleagues during the pandemic, has been made an OBE.

Fashion star Gok, who also makes popular appearances on This Morning for its style segments, had his head shaved live on ITV’s flagship morning show this summer after a family member was diagnosed with leukaemia.

The moment Gok had his head shaved for charity (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

The 47-year-old explained that his cousin’s daughter Alyssa, 12, is undergoing chemotherapy for the illness, which cancer of the white blood cells and has made her hair fall out.

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Getting the chop, Gok hoped to raise money for Young Lives Vs Cancer, with host Phillip Schofield revealing that £10,000 had been raised while the show was on air.

The campaign has now reached £53,800.

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