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Charles sent BBC royal reporter Nicholas Witchell heartfelt retirement tribute ­19 years after blasting him as ‘awful’

KING Charles sent a heartfelt retirement tribute to BBC royal reporter Nicholas Witchell – 19 years after blasting him as “awful” during a furious outburst.

His Majesty, 75, sent a “generous” recording which was played at Witchell’s leaving party on March 21 following his retirement at the age of 70 last month.

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King Charles sent a heartfelt retirement tribute to BBC royal reporter Nicholas Witchell[/caption]

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After Witchell asked a question, Charles blasted: ‘Bloody people. I can’t bear that man. I mean he is so awful, he really is’[/caption]

In the clip, the King joked about the “ups and downs” the two men had experienced during the reporter’s stint following the Royal Family.

One attendee told the Mail on Sunday: “It did come as a surprise to everyone there including Nicholas.

“I think it would be fair to say the King’s message was generous and warm-hearted.”

The pair had a spat in 2005 when the then-Prince of Wales took sons Prince William and Harry to the Swiss Alps.

After the BBC man put a question to the King – who didn’t realise he could be heard – he snapped: “Bloody people. I can’t bear that man.

“I mean he is so awful, he really is.”

In an interview published last year, the veteran journalist admitted he “was a bit taken aback” by the remarks and the worldwide ­publicity the feud sparked.

He added: “It’s a fact – he didn’t really talk to me for a few years.”

The pair made up in 2019 when Charles became patron of Witchell’s Normandy Memorial Trust campaign to establish a permanent D-Day memorial.

Asked about the video message, Mr Witchell said: “There were a couple of messages – one of which was certainly a surprise.

“I had a very pleasant evening hosted by the director-general with a number of colleagues with whom I’ve worked over the nearly 48 years I’ve been at the BBC.”


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