The Grillo sisters appear on This Morning: Nigella Lawson will 'always be loved'

The sisters, who were acquitted of fraud charges made against them by Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson,explained what it was like to live with the volatile couple

Nigella Lawson’s former assistants Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo appeared on This Morning today.

The sisters, who were acquitted of fraud charges made against them by Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson in December 2013, explained what it was like to live with the volatile couple and be part of a highly publicised trial.

The Taste UK Preview -  Why Team Nigella Should Be Warned

During the pre-recorded interview, which aired today (7 January) at 10.50am, the sisters remained positive about their former employer, saying she would “always be loved” by the British public, regardless of the personal details that came out – including her admission to taking drugs in the past – during the case.

"I think maybe we won the case but definitely she had the most support from the public," Francesca said.

"She is well loved and she will always be loved. I’m sure she will be fine. She’s great at what she’s doing and I wish her all the best."

Asked whether they felt guilty about bringing up Lawson’s drug taking during the trial, Lisa said: "I feel sorry that we ended up in that situation, that she did admit to that.

"But no, not guilty, because it was nothing to do with me, it’s her life."

 "It was our freedom. We were in court not because of her drug use or because we wanted her to be punished," Francesca added.

Nigella Lawson spoke to Good Morning America last week about her Nigella Lawson spoke to Good Morning America last week about her "mortifying" trial ordeal "In admitting it I think she was very brave to do so, good for her for doing so. But I didn’t feel guilty."

This Morning’s editor Adam Vandermark added: "This interview covers the Grillo sisters court case, their feelings at being charged and whether there will be a rapprochement with Nigella.

"It’s their first television interview so it will be fascinating to hear what they both have to say."

The Grillo Sister’s interview followed Nigella Lawson’s first TV appearance since the trial.

The TV chef, whose US show The Taste debuts in the UK on Channel 4 this evening, spoke to anchors on ABC’s Good Morning America about the "mortifying" ordeal, explaining that she got through the worst of the media scrutiny by eating "a lot of chocolate".

When questioned over what giving evidence as a witness in the trial of Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo was like, the mother-of-two said:  "I can't really remember exactly because you're so focused on answering the questions to the best of your ability that actually you don't really have an enormous awareness of yourself.

"Maybe that's a good thing. My only desire really was to protect my children as much as possible which... Alas I couldn't always do."

She also reiterated that being called to the witness stand was like being on trial herself.

"To have not only your private life but distortions of your private life put on display is mortifying," she said, adding that other people experience "an awful lot worse and to dwell on any of it would be self pity and I don't like to do that." 

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Multiple Apprentices Required

£6240 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Apprentices are required to join a privat...

Sauce Recruitment: HR Manager

£40000 per annum: Sauce Recruitment: This is an exciting opportunity for a HR...

Ashdown Group: Interim HR Manager - 3 Month FTC - Henley-on-Thames

£35000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A well-established organisation oper...

Recruitment Genius: HR Advisor

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our Client has been the leader ...

Day In a Page

Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us