‘So proud’: Richard Wilkins celebrates rarely seen daughter Estella’s 18th birthday

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Richard Wilkins has taken to Instagram to share a sweet snap of his rarely-seen daughter, Estella, on her 18th birthday.

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The Today Show Entertainment Editor looked every inch the doting dad in the photograph, as he put his arm around Estella, whom he shares with famed clothing designer, Collette Dinnigan.

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Richard Wilkins is quite the proud dad! (Credit: Instagram)

“Quite the milestone today … as my magnificent daughter Estella @dinniganwilkins turns 18!” the 68-year-old captioned the snap, adding, “Happy Birthday my Darling … so proud to be your Dad .. and so excited for what the future holds for you! The stirrups of the world are at your feet !! All my love … X♥️X #StellsBells”

Estella replied to the sweet gesture in the comments, writing, “Thank you papa. Love you.”

A slew of famous faces were among those to wish Richard’s youngest daughter a happy birthday, including Melissa Hoyer who wrote, “Lots and lots and lots of birthday love Estella @dinniganwilkins – what a milestone – have the best best birthday week.”

Rebecca Maddern added, “Beautiful xxx” while Jess Rowe sent a trio of heart emojis.

Estella’s all grown up! (Credit: Instagram)

Richard is also a proud dad to sons Adam, Christian and Nick, and daughter Rebecca, whom he shares with four different mothers.

The TV host has previously spoken about his experience in becoming a dad at age 18 to eldest son Adam, 47, who has Down syndrome.

“I was only 18 when Adam was born [and] his mum was just 16, very unusual for Down syndrome people to be born to such young parents. It was a shock to be a parent let alone of a Down syndrome child,” Wilkins told Today Extra hosts Sonia Kruger and David Campbell on World Down Syndrome Day.

Richard had Adam when he was just 18. (Credit: Getty)

“I’m prepared to admit that I wasn’t the greatest Dad back in the day. I didn’t really know how to handle it,” he said, adding, “I was getting on with my life and career, I wanted to travel the world and make music and do that sort of stuff, and it was with some reluctance that after about a year we put Adam in a home.

“People said you can have him adopted. But I said ‘No he is always going to be my son’ and I want a relationship with him. He has had great people in his life over the years.”

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