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From Herald reporter to royal correspondent

BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond has opened her heart about her love for the Westcountry and her time with Princess Diana.

Jennie was talking to Western Morning News columnist Janet King about her planned move to the Westcountry, where she is about to make her home.

She has just written a book about her 12 years as a royal reporter for the BBC but began her career in journalism with a three-year stint at the Richmond Herald.

Janet caught up with her as she holidayed in the region with her husband Jim and 11-year-old daughter Emma.

She told readers: “We love Devon, and feel at home here, so we’ve decided to move down here permanently next year.”

It was while on holiday in Devon that she was called in the early hours of the morning four years ago to be told by her newsdesk of the crash that resulted in the death of the Princess of Wales.

And during the 12 years, Jennie witnessed at first hand many of the dramatic events in Diana’s life.

In her book she reveals how Diana even managed to forgive Camilla Parker Bowles.

She says Diana told her: “Let’s face it. Camilla is the love of Charles’s life, and always has been. I don’t feel any animosity towards her.”

Reporting Royalty: Behind the Scenes with the BBC’s Royal Correspondent is published by Headline on September 20 (£18.99).

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