Kate Garraway discovers she is said to creator of Paddington Bear


The Good Morning Britain presenter, 55, was launched to Karen Jankel, the daughter of the late creator, as a part of the ITV collection DNA Journey.

The pair have the identical 3 times great-grandparent and shared an emotional embrace after assembly near the London practice station that bears the character’s identify.

The enduring youngsters’s e-book character famously arrived in London from the deepest, darkest jungles of Peru and first appeared in print in 1958 within the e-book A Bear Known as Paddington.

Ms Jankel advised Garraway she needed to introduce her to her “well-known brother” earlier than revealing a stuffed toy of Paddington Bear, full with a journey tag studying “Darkest Peru”.

“Paddington and I grew up collectively,” she advised her.

“The reason being that my father was Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington, which signifies that in fact you’re additionally associated to Michael Bond.”

She stated of the marmalade-loving bear: “He was at all times a part of my household. He’s so actual to our household, and now to your loved ones too, as a result of he’s a member of the household.

“He used to sit down on the desk at meal instances and my father used to speak to him and speak by way of him to us. In fact, I by no means knew the rest as a result of he was at all times round.”

Ms Jankel additionally confirmed Garraway her first version copy of A Bear Known as Paddington, signed by her father in September 1959.

“It was at all times my absolute favorite rising up,” Garraway stated.

“It has been stated to me over time that I do have a contact of Paddington Bear about me and that’s as a result of with out that means to he does trigger a unprecedented quantity of chaos.”

The TV star additionally joked she used to commonly eat marmalade sandwiches throughout her time at college.

British creator Bond revealed greater than 20 books that includes Paddington Bear earlier than his loss of life in June 2017 aged 91.

His creation, recognized for his battered hat, suitcase and duffle coat, stays a traditional of youngsters’s writing and featured in a sketch with the Queen throughout her Platinum Jubilee celebrations this 12 months.

The Paddington books have bought greater than 30 million copies worldwide and been translated into roughly 30 languages.

The episode additionally noticed Garraway go to Bristol alongside fellow TV presenter Alison Hammond to listen to about her distant relative Frederick Lambert, her first cousin three generations eliminated.

Lambert lived and labored as a photographer within the metropolis throughout the 1840s whereas nonetheless a youngster.

DNA Journey airs on Thursday on ITV at 9pm.

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