Jools, wife of Jamie Oliver, shares rare photo of ‘cheeky monkey’ children River and Petal in their £6million home

JAMIE Oliver’s wife Jools shared a rare photo of their children River and Petal on Instagram yesterday as they filmed a new project at their £6million estate.

The mum-of-five gave fans a glimpse into family life and also a glimpse of their incredible walled garden, which was filled with potted herbs and a lemon tree, on social media.

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Jamie Oliver’s wife Jools shared a rare photo of their children on Instagram yesterday. Photographed in 2016Credit: Getty – Contributor
The mum-of-five shared this adorable photo of her son River, five, with older sister Petal, 12

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The mum-of-five shared this adorable photo of her son River, five, with older sister Petal, 12Credit: Instagram/Jools Oliver

The stunt saw River, five, hilariously attempt to give her older sister Petal, 12, a piggyback ride.

Captioning the heartwarming snap, Jools teased an upcoming TV project and wrote: ‘Cheeky monkeys on set xxx’.

The post was met with a flood of heartwarming comments from fans who couldn’t believe how grown River and Petal had grown.

One wrote: “Can’t believe how big they are!! Huuuuuge hugs”.

“Cheeky monkeys who are more adorable treasures @joolsolver can’t believe how fast they all grow up,” another commented.

A third wrote: ‘Enjoy while they are still young’.

Jamie and Jools married in 2000 and had their eldest child, Poppy Honey, when she was 27.

There is a 14-year age gap between River and her older sister, who was born in 2002.

Along with Poppy, Petal and River, they also have 18-year-old Daisy Boo and 10-year-old Buddy Bear.

Last August, Jools revealed she was considering IVF after suffering five heartbreaking miscarriages, including one during lockdown.

Speaking to Zoe Clark-Coates on her Life & Soul podcast, she shared, “Once you have these miscarriages, you’re always like, this baby’s supposed to be here, I gotta keep trying.

“So I thought about IVF because after doing some research and talking to some amazing people, it seems like the right option for my age.

“But you know it’s hard because I have a partner too, you know, I have to think about him, I’m not sure he wants to do it that way. So I don’t want to push anything, because how lucky I am.”

She continued: “I guess when I get to an age where I’m going through menopause, I’ll actually be thinking ‘thank goodness’.

“I’ll be relieved it’s not possible and I can just get on with my life and you know, relax, because it’s still in the back of your head, that’s the problem.”

“It’s much worse because Poppy is going to college and because I’m thinking, oh, there’s a vacant room, I’m sure that’s a sign.

“Now I have the oldest and the youngest [groups of children] and I have River, I think you know one more, life is all about pleasure that gives me so much pleasure.”

Last August, Jools revealed she was considering IVF

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Last August, Jools revealed she was considering IVFCredit: Getty – Contributor
The couple have five children;  Daisy, Petal, River, Buddy and Poppy (LR).  Photographed in 2016

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The couple have five children; Daisy, Petal, River, Buddy and Poppy (LR). Photographed in 2016Credit: Getty – Contributor

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Jack C. Nugent