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Heiress, 18, Shocked By Caravan Trip On Rich Kids Skint Holiday

Heiress, 18, Shocked By Caravan Trip On Rich Kids Skint Holiday

A teenage heiress who splashes out £400 ($510) a month on eating out and owns a £31,000 ($39,500) motor was not impressed by a caravan trip in Norfolk.

Roumaissa, 18, receives a £1,000 ($1,200) allowance a month and enjoys the finer things in life, spending £500 ($640) on make-up and buying designer clothes.

So she was in for a shock when she went on a three-day holiday in a caravan in Great Yarmouth with the Cope family for Channel 5's Rich Kids, Skint Holiday.

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Speaking on the programme, she said: "The most expensive item I bought myself was a Gucci bag which cost around £1,300.

"I paid for it by asking my dad. Just had to shed a few tears."

This is a far cry from the lifestyle mum Nicky Cope, who works part-time in a special needs school and earns less than £1,000 a month, and her husband Neil, a self-employed handyman, from Bedford, enjoy.

Roumaissa wasn't impressed by the beach trip. Credit: 5 Star/Kalel Productions/Ruth Board
Roumaissa wasn't impressed by the beach trip. Credit: 5 Star/Kalel Productions/Ruth Board
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The couple have three kids, Grace, 14, and twins Lauren and Charlotte, 13, who all do chores to earn pocket money.

And while Roumaissa is accustomed to swanky trips abroad, Nicky and Neil have to save up all year for their £179-a-night trip.

When confronted by the static caravan, Roumaissa says: "Is it this? I'm scared. Can we go back? I don't know about a caravan."

And things don't get better when she spots some creepy crawlies in her room, saying: "If I see one more spider, I'm not going to stay in this room. It's probably been infected with spiders or something like that."

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The Copes have to save up all year for their three-day trip to Great Yarmouth. Credit: 5 Star/Kalel Productions/Ruth Board
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The differences between the Copes and Roumaissa become even more apparent when they discuss their lives back home, with the teen revealing she owns a flash Audi and was given a £32,000 ($40,700) handbag for her last birthday.

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A stunned Nicky says: "That's half my mortgage. That's blown my mind a bit."

Stunned by how little Nicky earns in comparison, Roumaissa admits: "Nicky told me she earns less than £1,000 a month. That's a family of five people, I don't know how they manage to do that."

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In a bid to welcome her to the family, the Copes take their guest to the beach to play some games.

Things don't start off too great, however, with Roumaissa leaving the family waiting over an hour while she gets ready and then refusing to remove her £600 ($760) Gucci slip-ons.

Roumaissa receives a £1,000-a-month allowance. Credit: 5 Star/Kalel Productions/Ruth Board
Roumaissa receives a £1,000-a-month allowance. Credit: 5 Star/Kalel Productions/Ruth Board

Nicky and Neil try and turn things around by giving her £38 ($48) to book an activity for them all to do, which she smashes by organising a round of crazy golf for just £18 ($23).

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As a thank you for their hospitality, Roumaissa then treats the Copes to a £175 ($223) VIP tour of the local zoo, with the twins getting to feed the giraffes after saying they were their favourite animal.

But after all their ups and downs the Copes find it hard to say goodbye, with Neil telling Roumaissa: "The girls see you as a big sister. I've loved having you on our holiday."

Looking back on her first budget holiday, Roumaissa then adds: "It's an experience I'll never forget. I didn't expect it to be like this."

Rich Kids, Skint Holiday airs on Thursdays at 9pm on 5Star. You can catch up on My5.

Featured Image Credit: 5 Star/Kalel Productions/Ruth Board

Topics: Entertainment, UK Entertainment, Holiday

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