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7 Insider Facts About The British Monarchs Revealed By A Former Royal Correspondent

Date April 13, 2018 10:19

There's no one on this planet who knows more about the British royal family than Jennie Bond. The 67-year-old journalist became an appointed royal correspondent for BBC in 1988 and was their shadow since then.

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Jennie's career reporting about the monarchy fell on the peak years of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's relationship. As a result, the journalist became very close with the Princess of Wales.

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Who wouldn't want to hear all the stories Jennie Bond has. She did, however, shared 9 most interesting, in her opinion, facts about the royal family.

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1. Jennie Bond had a long private talk with Princess Diana.

The two had an off-the-record talk after the royal couple split. Apparently, Diana revealed a lot of details of her relationship with Charles, and said "there were three of us in this marriage" to Jennie.

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2. Both the Queen and Princess Diana shared good sense of humor.

Everyone knows that the public loved Princess Diana for how relatable she seemed. Bond herself confirmed the Princess' easy-going character.

She would convulse with laughter, throw her head back, and giggle and laugh.

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Queen Elizabeth II is funny too, but in a different way. "The Queen has a dry, rye sense of humour, she's quite funny and has a dazzling smile," said Bond. Prince Charles, however, always was more reserved and gloomy in the 90's. Jennie says, it's nice to see him more confident these days.

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3. Spice Girls consoled Harry after his mother's death.

Jennie recalled that Prince Charles took Harry to South Africa after Diana tragically passed away. Nothing could put the smile back on his face. Harry had a chance to meet Spice Girls there, and everything changed.

You could just see he was cheeky Harry again after all the grief of those weeks.

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4. It's hard out there for a royal.

The journalist revealed that she often feels bad for the members of the royal family. Their lives are extremely controlled, and they are forbidden to do many things.

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5. The royal family doesn't always do well with the press.

Bond revealed that the palace doesn't like to work on its 'image'. However, she points out that they need publicity to share all the things the family does for the country. Still, the monarchs often prefer not to deal with reporters.

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Face to face interaction with any member of the family in any meaningful way is extremely rare, which makes it quite difficult.

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6. Everyone loves Meghan.

The family gave a very warm welcome to Meghan Markle. "She’s been embraced with open arms, carrying out royal duties way before she’s married," Bond revealed.

Jennie considers such kindness from the royal family to be very encouraging. She says the family changed a lot and is very accepting nowadays.

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7. Meghan is a charmer.

Jennie Bond is quite taken with Meghan as well. She says that Markle is very confident and "utterly charming," which is a great thing for the palace's public image.

8. They need to watch what they eat.

And the last little fact isn't from Jennie Bond but is still interesting. The members of the royal family have to be extremely careful about what they consume, especially abroad. Everyone is forbidden to eat shellfish and raw meat, because they are the most common causes of food poisoning.

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What do you think about these little insights from the royal correspondent? Share with us in the comments!

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