Ayda Williams first recognised mum's Parkinson's at royal wedding

Ayda Williams first recognised mum's Parkinson's at royal wedding


Ayda Williams recognised her mum was seriously ill when they were guests at Princess Eugenie’s wedding.

Ayda and her husband Robbie Williams are friends of the princess and her husband Jack Brooksbank, with their daughter Teddy becoming one of the couple’s bridesmaids at their wedding last year.

The former X Factor judge was getting ready for the event with her mum Gwen, when she spotted her hands were shaking.

She explained on Tuesday’s Loose Women: ‘I had actually seen her hands shake before, I thought she’d been tested for Parkinson’s, she thought she’d been tested for Parkinson’s, it turns out she’d been confused and she’s been tested for rheumatoid arthritis. I’d written Parkinson’s off as a reality.

‘And then it was about two days before the Royal wedding, you know when you have that instinct. She came into the room and she was talking about what she was going to wear. I’d seen the hand [shaking] before, something in that moment just did not sit right with me.

‘I called my doctor, I said I know she’s not your patient [but] she needs to see a neurologist. She was going to put it off until after we got back and we were going to do X Factor, she said, “I’ll do it in three months”.

‘So I started talking to my doctor about the things I’d noticed with my mother, she said “I don’t mean to worry you but this sounds like classic Parkinson’s.”‘

Ayda and Gwen looked it online and found that her mum had ‘all of the symptoms’.

They visited a neurologist the next day who confirmed that it was Parkinson’s.

The mum-of-three admitted to having ‘misplaced anger’ over her mum’s illness, finding herself getting angry at other people she met who weren’t on medication for the same condition.

‘There was this moment I was angry at my mum for being sicker [than someone else],’ Ayda explained.

‘[I thought] “Why did you have to get the aggressive kind? Why are you on medication?” it doesn’t even make sense. How can I be mad? And then you feel guilty for being angry about that.

‘No one trains you. There’s nothing you can do to anticipate all the levels you feel.’

Gwen is currently taking medication, and said it helps her feel ‘very connected and animated’.

Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30 on ITV.

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