“As you know, [Percy] is somewhat younger than me. At first people would always say, ‘What are you going to do about the age difference?’ I’d say, ‘Well, if he dies he dies!’”
Dame Joan’s first marriage also had an age gap, though this was the other way round, as Joan was only just 19-years-old.
She married actor Maxwell Reed, who was 13 years older than her. But in 2014 claimed he had drugged and raped her before their relationship started.
She told The Mirror: “It wasn’t my fault but I didn’t know, I went out with him.
“And maybe I shouldn’t have gone out with him. He was much older than me, and he was a famous star.