Katie Price criticises celebrities with autistic children who don’t raise awareness

Kerry Martin
·2 min read
Katie Price and her son Harvey
Katie Price and her son Harvey, who is on the autism spectrum.

Katie Price has criticised celebrities with autistic children who don’t use their platform to raise awareness of the condition or support families in a similar position.

Price posted clips of singer Keith Duffy’s interview with Channel 5 News on her Instagram Stories of him speaking about his experiences with autism while raising his daughter Mia. 

Price then added a picture and praised the Boyzone star.

In an upfront message, she wrote: “Good to see Keith Duffy talking about autism and being accepted.”

Katie Price shares message of praise for Boyzone star on her Instagram story during interview about autism awareness.
Katie Price shares message of praise for Boyzone star on her Instagram Stories.

“I know other celebs who have children with Autism who could also help make awareness and support family’s (sic) and offer support but don’t and makes me think they are ashamed or embarrassed they have a child with Autism because they are happy to be in the limelight themselves but don’t use their status for a good purpose that can make a difference.”

Watch: Katie Price wants to be buried with breast implants

Read: Katie Price reveals son Harvey smashed car window after getting hiccups

In the Channel 5 interview, Duffy revealed it took over two years for his now 21-year-old daughter to receive her diagnosis when she was a toddler.

“We didn’t know what was going on, like most parents, we thought she might have had a hearing problem.

“We got a hearing test done and that was fine and it takes you a while to figure out what is going on.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21:  (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Keith Duffy of Boyzone performs on stage at the London Palladium during
Keith Duffy performs on stage with Boyzone in 2019. (Joseph Okpako/WireImage)

“We knew nothing about autism at the time, we hadn’t a clue about what we were even looking for, so that was an even bigger obstacle for us to climb.

“When she was about 18 months old, this word autism kept coming into our lives, and we were put on a waiting list for diagnosis of two-and-a-half years, and yet anybody you speak to will tell you early intervention is essential for any child on the spectrum.”

Read more: Katie Price shares thank-you note from son Harvey to NHS for coronavirus vaccine

Price has never shied away from talking about raising 18-year-old son Harvey, who is on the autism spectrum.

Harvey was also born with septo-optic dysplasia, Prader-Willi syndrome and a learning disability.

The pair recently featured in BBC Three film Katie Price: Harvey & Me, a deeply personal insight into their lives.

Watch: Katie Price recalls childhood abuse