Christine McGuinness reveals she's questioned by strangers over her twins' disabled parking badge

Mail Online | 4/19/2019 | Olivia Wheeler For Mailonline
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Christine McGuinness has revealed that rude strangers often question her autistic twins' disabled parking badge and even ask to look at it.

The Real Housewives of Cheshire star, 31, spoke on BBC Breakfast to talk about the importance of Blue Badges for people with hidden disabilities.

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Christine, who is married to comedian Paddy McGuinness, revealed that she's only been able to get one for her son, Leo, who has autism and hypermobility.

The Liverpudlian model's twins, Leo and Penelope, both five, were diagnosed with autism in 2017 and her youngest daughter, Felicity, is also showing signs, but can't be diagnosed until she is at least three or four.

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Christine, who is a full-time carer to her children while Paddy films on his various TV projects, said: 'It makes a huge difference, we've only had it for six months but we've got so many hospital appointments it just makes it a lot easier to park there.

'It's a lot safer for the children. My children don't have much sense of danger at all when it comes to road safety, so they might freeze in the middle of the car park, or they might just run.

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'Other people might look at them and think, "that child's being naughty", or "woman, control your children."'

However, Christine admitted she has been left 'so frustrated' as rude strangers demand to see her Blue Badge and even question her about it.

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She continued: 'Nine out of ten times I'll be questioned on why I'm parked there, am I entitled to use that badge, which one [of the twins] is disabled.

'I've found myself having to calmly explained that actually my children are autistic and you might not be able to see it, but if I wasn't parked here we'd be in a different situation right now.

'They're not comfortable being approached by...
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