Richard, who won an army of fans alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May, made the startling revelation in an interview with Saga magazine. He said he had allowed himself two big treats as he turns 50 this Christmas. The first was a Morgan sports car – but he would not reveal the price tag. Richard said: “The only thing I really wanted when I hit 50 was a tattoo. It will read ‘micris fidelis’, which in cod Latin means ‘faithful to small things’ but is also the anagram of ‘midlife crisis’.
“I could have gone for the skull and crossbones but micris fidelis works perfectly – although I won’t tell you where on my body I’m going to put it.”
Richard said wife Mindy, 54, had kept him alive.
The Grand Tour host said: “I never thought I’d make it to 50. She is the reason I haven’t pinged off the rails and lost it completely. Meeting her was the luckiest day of my life.”
The couple married in 2002 and live with their two teenage daughters, Willow and Isabella in a £2million mock-Gothic castle.