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Ben Fogle, 47, waved off son Ludo, 11, and daughter Iona, 10 at the train station today. The children went off to explore the Inner Hebrides for a week, and the New Lives In The Wild star was “bursting with pride”.

The pair will not be taking phones, tablets, computer games or any other form of electronic entertainment, so contact will be minimal. 

The adventurer shared a snap on Instagram of the kids at London Euston station with their bags packed, containing all the essentials.

“Whether they’ll use it in the right way is another thing,” he laughed as they set off.

In the picture caption, he continued: “I am bursting with pride as Ludo and Iona head off on their first big island adventure together to the Inner Hebrides.

“When I was eight years old, I went on a trip to the island of Eigg (a visit that would change my life) and now these two are off with their adventure club and some friends on their own island expedition.

“I was quite teary as I waved my young explorers off.”

The New Lives in the Wild star sees the expedition, as an exciting opportunity for Ludo and Iona’s development.

He told “I think it’s about resilience, and resourcefulness. They’re on their own, I can’t do their laces, I can’t ask if they’ve brushed their teeth, or ask them to change their clothes if they’re all muddy. 

“It’s that moment of independence and for me, independence is such an important thing.

“If you look at the pandemic, it’s so overwhelmingly passive in all of our lives, we’ve kind of almost lost our independence, and what I love is that the children will have absolute independence. 

“It’s up to them to stand or fall by their own mistakes.”

Ben added that their trip, which they are taking with teachers and friends, could give them something more valuable than a classroom education could.

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The star met his now-wife Marina for the first time while they walked their dogs together in Hyde Park, and they married in 2006.

Marina works closely with her sister, Dr Chiara Hunt, and they are the co-founders of The Bump Class, which helps to prepare mums for their labour journey. 

The success of this lead to them releasing a book, The Bump Class: An Expert Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, in 2016. 

Together, they also have a podcast called The Parent Hood.

Ben and Marina’s happy family life has not been without its heartache. They tragically experienced a miscarriage in 2008 before welcoming their son Ludo in 2009, and in 2014, their son Willem was stillborn. 

Marina spoke out about the heartbreaking situation, writing in the Mail on Sunday about how she dealt with her children’s questions afterwards.

She wrote how her son – who was four at the time – complained of feeling sick soon after she came home from the hospital, and she soon realised that he was feeling anxious, rather than suffering from a sickness bug. 

She was advised to be honest with him, writing: “I proceeded to have a very difficult conversation with Ludo. We both cried, but he felt comfortable to ask the questions he needed. Almost miraculously, the knot of anxiety that had been plaguing him was untangled. 

“The simple act of communication brought us closer and my honesty brought him comfort in the knowledge that, however hard it might be to bear, I would tell him the truth.”

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