Naga Munchetty, 46, shared a heartbreaking story on air from one of her BBC colleagues after she informed her of her great-uncle’s death ahead of his funeral this week. The presenter revealed she had reached out to Kate, who is part of the production team behind her BBC Radio 5 Live show, to offer her commiserations following her sad loss.
Naga got onto the subject of Kate’s news when she discussed the importance of grandads on her radio show yesterday after Prince Harry and Prince William paid heartfelt tributes to their grandad, Prince Philip, who died on Friday at the age of 99.
The BBC Breakfast favourite told her 5 Live listeners: “We’re talking about grandads this morning.
“We’re talking about how they may have shaped your lives and your family’s lives and the influence they may have had.
“This is after those very touching tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh made by Prince William and Prince Harry yesterday.”
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Naga Munchetty reaches out to BBC colleague as she shares heartbreaking loss live on air
Naga Munchetty addressed the sad news on her 5 Live show
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Addressing her colleague’s moving tribute to her beloved family member, Naga added: “Kate on our production team sent me this note today saying she never had the chance to know either of her grandads, but her great-uncle Jim filled that role in her life.
“What Kate says is: ‘He and I shared a love of reading. For my 11th birthday, he gave me this book he’d read about in the paper and he thought it sounded good.
“’It was the first Harry Potter. The book he gave me was a first edition which he’d just walked into the shop and picked up, it was that early on the bandwagon.
“‘That book got passed around my siblings and all my cousins until it’s not got much monetary value anymore because of its condition, but I’ll always cherish it as a piece of my Uncle Jim’.”
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Naga Munchetty got onto the subject of Kate’s news when she discussed the importance of grandads
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After reading out Kate’s words, Naga revealed: “Kate also said it’s Uncle Jim’s funeral this Friday and all of her family are going to miss a wonderful man who spent 89 years bringing joy to everyone he met.”
Naga then shared that she had tried to contact Kate after reading her tribute.
The host said: “I have sent Kate a note but…,” before she trailed off.
Naga continued: “It just shows it doesn’t have to be grandads, it can be anyone who can help shape your lives and touch them.
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“So Kate, thank you very much for that.”
“I’d love to hear your stories as well,” Naga added, inviting her listeners to get involved in sharing their own family experiences.
Elsewhere, Naga surprised viewers as she was recently absent from her BBC Breakfast hosting duties on Saturday, as Rachel Burden stepped in to host coverage of Prince Philip’s death with Charlie Stayt.
Dan Walker and Louise Minchin present the BBC news programme on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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Charlie and Naga usually take over for the rest of the week until Sunday when a host of different reporters step in.
The Duke’s death was announced on Friday in a statement from Buckingham Palace which read: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
“Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
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