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Kate Garraway discovers she is related to Paddington Bear's creator

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 05/10/2022 Kate Dennett For Mailonline

Kate Garraway was left stunned after discovering she is related to the creator of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond.

The Good Morning Britain presenter, 55, discovered her surprising family connection when she appeared on ITV series DNA Journey.

On the show, Kate was introduced to Karen Jankel, the daughter of the late author, as it was revealed the pair share the same three times great-grandparent.

Surprising news: Kate Garraway was left stunned after discovering she is related to the creator of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond © Provided by Daily Mail Surprising news: Kate Garraway was left stunned after discovering she is related to the creator of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond

They shared an emotional embrace after aptly meeting near the London train station that bears Paddington's name.

The children's book character famously arrived in London from the deepest, darkest jungles of Peru and first appeared in print in 1958 in the book A Bear Called Paddington.

Karen told Kate she wanted to introduce her to her 'famous brother', before revealing a stuffed toy of Paddington Bear - complete with a travel tag reading 'Darkest Peru'.

'Paddington and I grew up together,' she told her.

Wow! The Good Morning Britain presenter, 55, discovered her surprising family connection when she appeared on ITV series DNA Journey © Provided by Daily Mail Wow! The Good Morning Britain presenter, 55, discovered her surprising family connection when she appeared on ITV series DNA Journey Family: On ITV's DNA Journey, Kate was introduced to Karen Jankel, the daughter of the late author (both pictured), as it was revealed they share the same three times great-grandparent © Provided by Daily Mail Family: On ITV's DNA Journey, Kate was introduced to Karen Jankel, the daughter of the late author (both pictured), as it was revealed they share the same three times great-grandparent

'The reason is that my father was Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington, which means that of course you are also related to Michael Bond.'

She said of the marmalade-loving bear: 'He was always part of my family. He is so real to our family, and now to your family too, because he is a member of the family.

'He used to sit on the table at meal times and my father used to talk to him and talk through him to us. Of course, I never knew anything else because he was always around.'

Karen also showed Kate her first edition copy of A Bear Called Paddington, signed by her father in September 1959.

Sweet: Karen told Kate she wanted to introduce her to her 'famous brother', before revealing a stuffed toy of Paddington Bear - complete with a travel tag reading 'Darkest Peru' © Provided by Daily Mail Sweet: Karen told Kate she wanted to introduce her to her 'famous brother', before revealing a stuffed toy of Paddington Bear - complete with a travel tag reading 'Darkest Peru'

'It was always my absolute favourite growing up,' Kate admitted.

'It has been said to me over the years that I do have a touch of Paddington Bear about me and that is because without meaning to, he does cause an extraordinary amount of chaos.'

The TV star also joked she used to regularly eat marmalade sandwiches during her time at university.

British author Michael Bond published more than 20 books featuring Paddington Bear before his death in June 2017 aged 91.

Appearance: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 55, discovered her surprising family connection when she appeared on ITV series DNA Journey alongside Alison Hammond © Provided by Daily Mail Appearance: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 55, discovered her surprising family connection when she appeared on ITV series DNA Journey alongside Alison Hammond

His creation - known for his battered hat, suitcase and duffle coat - remains a classic of children's writing and featured in a sketch with the Queen during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations this year.

The Queen had delighted millions of viewers after appearing in the comic sketch with the bear to kick-start the Party in The Palace Jubilee Concert on June 4. 

The pair had tapped out the beat of Queen's We Will Rock You anthem together on china teacups using silver spoons as a unique way of getting the celebrations under way.

The sketch, which the Queen spent half a day filming, was hailed by Britons as better than her Olympic opening show cameo with James Bond.

Interesting: The episode of DNA Journey also saw Kate visit Britsol with Alison to hear about her distant relative Frederick Lambert, her first cousin three generations removed © Provided by Daily Mail Interesting: The episode of DNA Journey also saw Kate visit Britsol with Alison to hear about her distant relative Frederick Lambert, her first cousin three generations removed

After Queen Elizabeth II's death on September 8, people also left Paddington Bear toys outside Buckingham Palace in memory of Her Majesty.

Emotional social media users also shared poignant tributes showing the Queen walking into the sunset with Paddington after the sad news of her death.

The Paddington books have sold more than 30million copies worldwide and been translated into approximately 30 languages.

The episode of DNA Journey also saw Kate visit Bristol with Alison Hammond to hear about her distant relative Frederick Lambert, her first cousin three generations removed.

Frederick lived and worked as a photographer in the city during the 1840s while still a teenager.

In a preview clip, shared to Instagram by Alison, Kate and the This Morning host joked that they could find out they were cousins on the show.

'Would it change how you was with me?' Alison asked Kate. 'Do you think you'd come around to my house more often?'

To which Kate humorously replied: 'Well look... do you think you'd invite me?'

DNA Journey airs on Thursday on ITV at 9pm. 

Beloved: Paddington Bear remains a classic of children's writing and featured in a sketch with the Queen during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations this year  © Provided by Daily Mail Beloved: Paddington Bear remains a classic of children's writing and featured in a sketch with the Queen during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations this year  Read more
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