Naga Munchetty holds back tears as Captain Tom Moore opens up about wife's death
BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty appeared to hold back tears during a heartbreaking interview with Captain Sir Tom Moore where he opened up about his late wife.
The army veteran, who rose to fame after his incredible fundraising efforts during the coronavirus pandemic, which saw him walking laps of his garden in the lead-up to his 100th birthday, has created a new foundation in his wife’s memory.
Tom married his wife Pamela in 1968, with the pair sharing two daughters.
She struggled with mental illness throughout her life, which has led to Tom’s foundation being created, and she was later diagnosed with dementia. She was moved into a care home and sadly died in 2006.
Asking Tom about his wife, Naga said: ‘You visited her every day.’
‘Yes,’ Tom responded. ‘I went to see her every day, day after day.
‘Until, in the last few years, I used to go at lunchtime to feed her because she couldn’t feed herself. So for years and years I did that. And I was quite happy, I never resented that for a minute because after all, I had a contract, hadn’t I? In sickness and in health. And so, doing that was no hardship.
‘So when she actually died, it wasn’t a terrible loss as often people are because she died, really, in a sense she died years and years before. And that was the end.’
Clearing her throat and seemingly holding back tears, Naga went on: ‘When you talk about Pamela, you obviously loved her dearly, but also you lost her before you physically lost her.’
Captain Sir Tom also explained that Pamela struggled with her mental health, saying she would sometimes speak on the phone with no one on the other end and leave the gas on the cooker on.
The Captain Tom Foundation has been created to combat loneliness and support those facing bereavement.
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am.
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