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Piers Morgan calls out Captain Tom’s daughter as she tries to defend decision to build spa in bombshell interview

Piers Morgan calls out Captain Tom’s daughter as she tries to defend decision to build spa in bombshell interview

The family of Captain Sir Tom Moore have faced criticism for building a spa

Piers Morgan has asked the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore why they haven't got rid of the controversial spa pool they built on their property.

The family have faced a number of criticisms, but one particular factor which has caused controversy is the spa pool built by Captain Tom's family on their land, which the local council has since told them to demolish.

The family insist that 'not one penny' of the money spent on the spa pool was paid for by the charitable foundation they set up in Captain Tom's name, and they paid for it all out of their personal funds.

Hannah Ingram-Moore said: "Our original application - the name was never meant to be the Captain Tom Foundation - it was meant to be the Captain Tom building.

"That got lost in translation. The building was never meant to be for charity, it was meant to be somewhere we could do charitable work.

"We did not intend it to be the Captain Tom Foundation. We completely accept responsibility for that."

Captain Tom and daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore.
Emma Sohl - Capture the Light Photography/ Getty Images

She said that hindsight was 'a wonderful thing' and admitted they 'should have done this differently'.

Her husband Colin added: "We wanted to leave the name of Captain Tom here as a legacy. We should have done it in a different way. We suffered as a result."

During the interview, Morgan repeatedly asked why they wouldn't just get rid of the spa pool.

He also said he found criticism of the family over the spa pool 'justified' compared to some other incidents he felt they shouldn't have been criticised for, saying the 'optics' did not look good.

As well as defending the spa pool, Captain Tom's family hit back at criticism over taking the 100-year-old on holiday to Barbados shortly before he died.

Captain Tom's daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said: "It was his dream."

She explained that her father had put together a bucket list including entries like going back to India, jumping out of a plane and watching cricket in Barbados.

"Finally we found a period of time where we could all go, and we were all invited, and his dream was to go and see the cricketers in Barbados," Hannah Ingram-Moore said of the decision to go on holiday with her father to the Caribbean island.

The family said that doctors had checked him before they went on their holiday and said 'go, Captain Tom - be happy'.

She said they didn't know at the time he had silent pneumonia and that the doctors hadn't picked it up either.

Featured Image Credit: TalkTV/Emma Sohl - Capture the Light Photography/ Getty Images

Topics: UK News, Piers Morgan