28/03/2017 11:30 BST | Updated 28/03/2017 11:39 BST

‘Great British Bake Off’ Host Prue Leith Given Full-Time Security Protection To Guard Her From Threats

'Do they think I’m Prince Philip or something?'

Prue Leith has revealed she’s been given 24/7 protection ahead of her debut on ‘The Great British Bake Off’.

The food critic and restaurateur was announced as Mary Berry’s replacement on the show earlier this month, following its move to Channel 4.

But the 77-year-old says she was shocked by the level of security provided by Love Productions, who make the show, after it was confirmed she would be joining Paul Hollywood as a judge.

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Prue is set to replace Mary Berry on the 'Bake Off' judging panel.

Prue also revealed that Mary Berry has been in touch to reassure her not to worry about any threats.

She revealed that Mary told her: “Look, if there’s a big story there might be somebody at the gate, but most people like the show.

“It’s quite nice walking into the supermarket and being asked: ‘Are you the lady off the telly?’ That happens to me now and I always enjoy it.”

Earlier this month, Prue revealed she had also talked to Mary about Paul Hollywood before agreeing to sign up for the show.

She said: “When Mary said she wasn’t going with it, I’ll confess I thought, ‘I’d quite like that job’.

“So I rang her up before I took the job to find out about Paul. I was very anxious to know. She said he was lovely, so that was OK.”

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