Emma Atkins, who portrays Charity in Emmerdale, discusses whether Mackenzie or Vanessa is her real love.

Emma debates whether of Mackenzie and Vanessa is Charity’s one true love (ITV image).

The identity of Charity Dingle’s (Emma Atkins) one true love has been the topic of heated debate over the years, with Emmerdale viewers often being split on the issue.

Charity, who has been a regular of the ITV series for more than 20 years, has had several relationships, but one might argue that she’s only ever come close to finding happiness a few times.

As viewers are aware, the proprietor of The Woolpack pub recently wed Mackenzie Boyd (Lawrence Robb). He did so because he believed that she had the greatest chance of finding genuine happiness with him and that they had a special connection.

However, Mackenzie is going to hurt Charity’s feelings the following week when the truth about his one-night stand with Chloe Harris (Jessie Elland) comes to light and it is revealed that he is the father of baby Reuben.

The revelation completely devastates Charity, and the topic of whether or not the partnership can survive such a violation of trust is brought up.

Naturally, this begs the question of whether Mackenzie was ever Charity’s true love or if that title actually belongs to someone else.

Greetings from Vanesa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick).

With Mackenzie, Charity believed she’d finally met her prince charming. (Image from ITV)

Actress Emma Atkins said the question, “Does Mack or Vanessa really have the key to Charity’s heart?” a “really good” one.

She stated, “Vanessa was so morally upright and I think she met her match in Mackenzie in the sense that they were both a little bit rebellious.” She requires both traits, therefore it stands to reason that she fell in love with both.

Vanessa is certainly a terrific fit for her in a variety of ways, but she also has Mackenzie, who has some of the flaws of Charity and Cain.

“They both have things going on and problems.” You tend to gravitate towards people you know.

Emma said that Charity loves Mack and Vanessa “equally much” and that contrasting the two is ultimately futile.

The serial actress said, “I think she definitely fell in love with Vanessa because she felt a level of security she’d never experienced before.” However, Mackenzie is entertaining. Mischief exists, and the longer the connection lasted, the more intense the love became.

The issue is whether Mackenzie and Charity will be able to save what’s left of their marriage when the truth about the former’s treachery is known, even if their love may have grown deeper as their relationship progressed.

Or will this ultimately be the end of the pair’s journey? That remains to be seen, but Emma jumped to Mackenzie’s defence because she has recently tried to act morally.

Emma claimed that Mackenzie wasn’t a rat-bag.

He has a great deal of faith in Charity, but he has now made this awful error, and it is clear that he wants to treat Chloe fairly. I have some sympathy for him. I do.’

Emmerdale airs on ITV1 and ITVX on weeknights at 7:30 p.m.

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