The award-winning stars, who have worked together since meeting on children's drama Byker Grove, will receive millions if their TV partner is fatally struck down.

He admitted that he did not know the size of his policy windfall should Ant meet an untimely end. He said: "I don't know how much. We have people who look after that."

But because of their continuing mega bucks earning potential from shows like I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! the sums involved will undoubtedly run into seven figures.

Ant insisted: "I'm to blame". But Dec said: "Not at all. People look back with rose-tinted specs but I don't think things are that different."

In the interview, the Geordie pair also talk about their recent interview with the Prince of Wales and sons William and Harry to mark the 30th anniversary of the Prince's Trust.

Ant revealed: "At first, Charles was cagey. We'd ask the boys questions and he'd answer for them. We told them there was no hidden agenda and, once they realised that, the boys spoke more. You submit stuff you're going to ask. There are lots of areas you can't touch."

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