In court: Fiona Lamdin, BBC West social affairs correspondent
Emile Cilliers is wearing a dark navy blue suit, a pale blue shirt, a yellow tie, a small poppy pin badge and polished shoes.
He answers questions in a calm voice, with a faint South African accent.
When asked by defence barrister Elizabeth Marsh QC where he lived when he first came to England, he says he tried Scotland but only lasted a few weeks.
He also told the court how he had planned on proposing on top of Table Mountain in South Africa after he and Victoria had climbed up.
But the proposal didn’t happen then, he told the court, as ” Victoria had a meltdown half way through”.
Mrs Cilliers broke her vertebrae, ribs and pelvis in the fall at Netheravon Airfield in 2015.
Prosecutors allege Mr Cilliers, a sergeant with the Aldershot-based Royal Army Physical Training Corps, twisted the lines of his wife’s main parachute and sabotaged a reserve chute the day before her jump.
Mr Cilliers also denies a second attempted murder charge and a third charge of tampering with a gas fitting at their home in Amesbury, Wiltshire.
He will continue to give evidence when the trial continues on Monday.