Princess Diana: Fiona Phillips recalls breaking news of death to Britain | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV


Appearing on today’s edition of Good Morning Britain, Fiona, 56, spoke about waking up to the tragic news 20 years ago and being called into work for a special programme to cover the event. 

She told her former GMTV co-star Eamonn Holmes, with whom she hosted that Princess Diana programme, how she had had to fight back her own emotions and maintain a professional manner throughout the show.  

Fiona explained: “Well, my husband was then GMTV’s chief correspondent got the call first saying Diana’s been involved in a car crash and he woke me up. No one could believe it at the time. 

“At the time they thought she just had chest injuries, it was changing all the time and then they thought it might just be an arm. All these things were coming in at the time.”

However, she said that things quickly got more serious and she was contacted her bosses at GMTV: “I got the call – she hadn’t died then – it’s just worse than we thought. You know when a story breaks, there’s no proper facts.”

She continued: “When I first came in here, I went into make-up – I grabbed a black suit from home thinking I wouldn’t have to wear it, I wouldn’t sit in black unless she had died – and I was in make-up and the news came through that she had died.”

The star added: “We knew we would be on and we would be one for three-and-a-half hours and I was full of emotion. We were getting so much emotion from our viewers.”

When asked by Good Morning Britain host Ravir Singh is she had to fight back tears through the special Princess Diana GMTV episode, Fiona simply said: “absolutely”. 

She was not the only one to talk about Princess Diana’s death, Eamonn, 57, also spoke about covering the story.

The ITV presenter appeared emotional as she spoke about the late royal on today’s episode of the breakfast show.

“Just casting our minds back to what we remember. I remember being in central London near Kensington Palace and the perfume scent of millions and million of fresh flowers,” he told viewers.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.

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