‘He’s with you now’ Penny Lancaster speaks on special moment with PC Andrew Harper’s widow
Penny Lancaster discusses Rod Stewart's parenting
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Penny Lancaster, 50, has spoken on sharing a “special moment” with the widow of PC Andrew Harper during a charity hike in the Lake District. The former model and wife of singer Sir Rod Stewart took part in the Light the Lakes annual fundraising event, which has so far raised more than £30,000 for the Care of Police Survivors (COPS) charity.
It was a magical experience
Penny, who recently joined City of London Police as a special constable, recalled her conversation with Lissie Harper in an interview with Hello! magazine.
The model and TV personality said: “Lissie said to me that Andrew would have loved to have done this climb with her, and I said to her, ‘He is, he’s with you now. And when we’re at the top of the mountain, you’ll be closer to him still.’
“We held the flares and hugged and remembered Andrew and all the others. It was really special.”
Thames Valley Police traffic officer PC Harper, 28, died in Berkshire in 2019 after becoming caught in a strap attached to the back of a car containing three individuals fleeing the scene of a quad bike theft.
He was killed four weeks after their wedding.
In the interview, Penny also recalled scaling the peak of Lingmoor Fell and helping to light 2,000 flares shortly before dawn.
She said: “It was a magical experience. When we reached the top, it felt like we were on another planet, it was almost deafeningly silent.
“The climb was uplifting, heart-warming and touching and it was challenging on many levels, but so rewarding. It needed to be tough otherwise we wouldn’t have felt that grit and determination.
“We could see the lights from the other peaks. There were streams of smoke where the flares had gone out, which looked like early morning mist. It was really special.”
Penny, who qualified as a special constable two months ago, said Sir Rod and their sons Alastair, 15, and Aiden, 10, had been supportive of her career move.
She said: “I want to show my boys that it’s important to be whatever you want to be in life and fulfil every part of yourself, even if it’s considered dangerous.
“I always have excitement and butterflies for my days on duty – it’s my biggest thrill each week.”
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Elsewhere, Penny has spoken about her husband’s youthfulness, as she discussed him being an older father.
The former model spoke candidly about the rockstar while on Loose Women recently and remarked how men like to “spread their seed”.
Penny made the remarks when she was asked about Rod being an older father on the ITV chat show and what it meant to her.
The TV personality married the Maggie May singer in 2007 and gave birth to their first son together when he was 60, before welcoming their second when he was 65-years-old.
When the panel asked if she was conscious of him being an older dad, Penny replied: “Not at all.”
“A lot of older women have children and of course it’s much harder for them, men can have children at any age, and I think it just depends on what kind of older man you are.
“My rockstar has got the fitness of a 35-year-old and he’s not retired. So I don’t consider him in that older category.”
Penny added: “It’s really been so amazing for my boys because of his traditional values and the morals that he’s instilled and the boys have naturally picked up, those kind of more old-fashioned values.
“I think the younger generation, they sort of skip over those things.”
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