The Coroner presiding over the inquest into the death of Caroline Flack has found that the television presenter took her own life because she knew she was being prosecuted and "she knew she would face the media, press, publicity - it would all come down upon her".

"To me, that's it in essence," Coroner Mary Hassell said.

Ms Hassell said she is "entirely satisfied she [Caroline] intended to cause her own death".

"Caroline had fluctuating mental ill health, she had had struggles in the past.

"She had had difficulties. In spite of the fact she may have led - to some - a charmed life, actually the more famous she got the more some of these difficulties increased - she had to deal with the media in a way most of us don't.

"It was played out in the national press - and that was incredibly difficult for her," Ms Hassell said.

Caroline Flack's mother, Chris, wept as she told the coroner over video-link: "I totally agree, I think you got it spot on."

Concluding her findings, Ms Hassell said that on the morning of 15 February, because of an "exacerbation of fluctuating ill health and distress", Ms Flack took her own life. 

The Metropolitan Police in London appealed the Crown Prosecution Service's decision to hand Ms Flack a caution for assaulting her boyfriend because a senior officer believed the Love Island host had not clearly admitted responsibility, her inquest has heard.

Police attended Ms Flack's home in December when her boyfriend Lewis Burton, said to be bleeding from a cut to his head, phoned emergency services saying she was trying to kill him.

The CPS reviewed its original decision following the police intervention and subsequently pressed ahead with an assault charge.

The inquest heard earlier that when police arrived at the scene, Ms Flack told them: "I hit him (Mr Burton), he was cheating on me."

Giving evidence at her inquest in London, Detective Inspector Lauren Bateman said the 40-year-old had not made it clear in her police interview later what she was admitting to.

DI Bateman told the hearing: "Unfortunately when she was interviewed at the police station it was slightly different.

"In my opinion it was unclear what Caroline was alluding to.

"Although she made some admissions at the scene, things were said differently (in interview).

"In my view it wasn't clear what she was admitting to."

The inquest heard that in her police interview, Ms Flack said she flicked Mr Burton "to wake him up", and that she did not believe she caused his injury.

The coroner, Mary Hassell, suggested DI Bateman was "splitting hairs" in what she considered to be Ms Flack's admission of guilt.

DI Bateman replied: "In my view, it wasn't a clear admission of what had happened."

A lack of admission meant the case could not be dealt with through a caution, the inquest was told.

DI Bateman said she would not do anything differently if faced with the same circumstances again.

Yesterday, friends described how Caroline Flack had serious concerns about her trial in March, but had met with her lawyers on 14 February last when she thought the case might be dropped.

However, it was then that her legal team outlined the CPS's decision - made the previous day - to go ahead with court action.

Worried friends attended her flat that night and called for an ambulance, which Ms Flack refused.

Her friends stayed with her overnight and left mid-morning, but were aware she was angry with them for calling the emergency services and therefore risking the episode being made public.

Ms Flack took her own life later that day.

The presenter's family and close friends told the inquest yesterday how she feared losing her career, and her mental health worsened after she was arrested.

Her mother Chris Flack wiped away tears on video link when her statement was read, criticising the CPS.

She said: "I believe Caroline was seriously let down by the authorities and in particular the CPS for pursuing the case.

"I believe this was a show trial.

"Being well-known should not allow special treatment, but it should not allow making an example of someone."

Dr Jonathan Garabette, a consultant psychiatrist who treated Ms Flack, described how she suffered a deterioration of her mental state in December 2019 and said he had concerns regarding the likely impact of the ongoing court case.

Prosecutor Lisa Ramsarran said the CPS looked at her mental health when the case was first reviewed.

However, it was decided to be in the public interest to authorise a charge of assault by beating, particularly considering the domestic violence allegation.

Mr Burton - her boyfriend - said he did not support the charge, and said Ms Flack "was not in a good place emotionally".

The inquest also heard an allegation from her mother that a photograph from the scene which had upset Caroline Flack when it was published in the press was passed by Mr Burton to a former partner, who subsequently leaked it.

No members of Ms Flack's friends and family were present for the two-day hearing. Her mother, twin sister, and two close friends joined the hearing via video link, although Mr Burton was absent.