Melinda Messenger is engaged!

Melinda Messenger is engaged! Former glamour model, 52, confirms she will marry survival expert Dr. Raj Joshi, 47, next year after accepting his whirlwind proposal in New Zealand

Melinda Messenger has confirmed her engagement to survival expert Dr. Raj Joshi following a whirlwind romance after he proposed during their current stay in New Zealand. 

The former Page 3 girl, 52, broke the unexpected news in an Instagram post on Monday morning and revealed wedding plans are already well underway.  

She wrote: ‘We’ve got some very happy news to share. @raj.joshi.expedition and I got engaged in beautiful New Zealand at Matariki, the Māori New year, and we are getting married next year!’ 

Melinda revealed her engagement alongside a picture of the couple arm-in-arm before a sweeping, mountainous view of the New Zealand countryside. 

The ex-glamour model, a mother-of-three, is thought to have met Joshi, 47, while preparing for a 48-mile hike across Nepal in a bid to finance the construction of a residential school for deaf children. 

Happy news: Melinda Messenger has confirmed her engagement to survivalist Dr. Raj Joshi after he proposed during their current stay in New Zealand

Here’s to us: The happy couple are pictured enjoying a glass of celebratory wine after confirming their engagement on Monday 

The pair climbed Welsh landmark Mount Snowdon together as part of her preparations for the expedition through Nepal’s Langtang Valley, close to the border with Tibet, which has altitudes of up to 12,600ft.

In an interview with The Mirror, she said: ‘Being in your 50s is such an important and powerful stage in life. And the challenge is to keep on growing and developing.

‘You shouldn’t stop when you get to a certain age. It’s good to keep challenging yourself. As I have got older, I am much happier and I don’t care what I look like if I fail.’

Melinda chose Nepal for her trek because she fell in love with the country 10-years ago when she visited her brother – who lives there. 

Joshi, an exhibition leader, organised the trip through his own travel company The Adventure Boutique, a London-based business that offers ‘tailor-made trips, embedded with taste, that are a little out of the ordinary.’ 

The survivalist has previously worked with David Beckham on one-off documentary Into The Unknown, in which the former footballer journeys across rural Brazil with two friends. 

Additionally, he has worked alongside a host of celebrities for BBC show Kilimanjaro: The Big Red Nose Climb – among them Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Love Island winner Dani Dyer and former BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker. 

In June he shared a photo of his new fiancée as she attended a special Hindu and Buddhist ceremony during her charity trip to South Asia. 

Previously: In June, Joshi shared a photo of his new fiancée as she attended a special ceremony during her charity trip to Nepal in South Asia, where she raised money for the construction of a local school for the deaf

There she is: Melinda also appears in a recent post added to the official Instagram account for his London-based travel company, The Adventure Boutique 

Captioning the post, he wrote: ‘Here’s a quick shot of Melinda Messenger and some of the group at the Puja for their blessing during our trekking challenge to the Langtang region of Nepal…

‘Puja is a special ceremony that is performed to avert and clear the three types of obstacles (worldly obstacles, inner obstacles and secret obstacles), these prevent us from achieving our worldly and spiritual goals.

‘Removing these obstacles will help us to achieve happiness and good fortune in all our activities.

‘We are so blessed to have been a part of this special ceremony.’ 

Responding to the post, Melinda wrote: ‘This was such a special experience in so many different ways, we were very lucky.’ 

Melinda is a mother to sons Morgan, 22, Flynn, 20, and 18-year old daughter Evie, 18, with ex-husband Wayne Roberts, and she admitted last year that she wanted to start dating again.

The couple divorced in 2012 after 14-years of marriage, with Melinda later embarking on a short-lived romance with a ski instructor after they met while filming Channel 4 reality show The Jump.

Her last known relationship with photographer Chris Harding, who she met after signing up for Celebrity First Dates, ended in 2019.

In a bizarre twist of fate, Harding admitted he had previously served as wedding photographer for Melinda and ex-husband Roberts during their 1998 marriage ceremony. 

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