Royal correspondent Jennie Bond says ‘blood ran cold’ when Diana was killed

Jennie Bond has said her "blood ran cold" when Princess Diana died.

The journalist, who was a royal correspondent at the BBC for 14 years, was actually on holiday when the princess died in a car crash in Paris 1997.

She jumped into a taxi and shot up the motorway to get to work – and has revealed she could tell from the tone of the broadcasts she was listening to that Diana had passed away.

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Opening up on Lorraine 25 years after Diana's death, Jennie revealed even watching footage from that night was upsetting.

She agreed that her "blood ran cold" when it happened, and went on: "My blood ran cold just watching that montage again, it was so shocking."

Jennie, 72, was in Devon with her family when the news broke and had to shoot up to London in a taxi to get to work.

"We were on holiday and I'd told our little girl, who was seven, you've got your mum now for two weeks which was a mistake because I disappeared in the middle of the night," she said.

"We'd been at a drinks party so I couldn't drive so I had to get a local taxi firm who came out here rather shocked themselves to be asked to drive to London in the middle of the night."

The journalist said the cab firm took the sign saying "Taxi" off the top of the car, "to try and ensure we could go faster really".

She went on: "We went zooming up the motorway and it was a terrible journey during which I heard the broadcast, I could only listen to the radio but I could hear the tone change… and I knew what that meant… that they knew she was dead but that they couldn't yet tell anyone."

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Jennie also claimed that when Diana was alive she told her "practically everything" that she went on to say in her infamous Panorama interview, where she addressed Prince Charles and Camilla's relationship.

"Sometimes I do wonder if I am the most stupid reporter who walked this Earth because she told me practically everything she said on Panorama but asked me to keep it confidential, and I did," she said.


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