Naga Munchetty, 46, made a heartfelt admission on her Radio 5 Live show, after admitting she used to be a bully at school. The BBC Breakfast host recalled a time she and her group of friends “ostracised” one of the members, but the way the presenter behaved made her wonder how she could have ever been so “stubborn” and “pig headed” about the situation due to now living through the motto of Be Kind.
It comes after she chatted to a listener about their experiences, which led Naga to recall her own dark moments in the school playground.
“I remember a time when I was in school and a big group of us, a gang of girls, we used to hang around and one of the girls in the group annoyed us,” she explained.
“She’d done something that we weren’t happy with and we all turned-on her.
“We ostracised her and it got to the point where the teacher put us all in a room and she asked if anyone wanted to apologise.”
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Naga shook her head as she continued: “I was so stubborn and so pig-headed and I said, ‘No I don’t want to apologise to her, I don’t want to be her friend anymore.'”
The host remembered the girl got very upset, but they soon put their differences aside and over time resumed their friendship.
But something about the whole situation still plays on Naga’s mind to this day.
“I’ve never quite got my head around why I was just so stubborn about it and how I hadn’t thought about how much that would hurt her and whether it would bother her,” she said.
She sighed, as she added: “Looking back on a moment when I was part of a group of girls who bullied one of our friends, ironically…
“It’s hard, it’s very hard to look back and pull yourself up on your behaviour.”
But she’s not that person anymore, recently sticking up for Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who admitted Prince Philip’s death has left a “giant-sized hole” in the Royal Family.
In a candid interview, Sophie spoke openly about the death of her father-in-law, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April at the age of 99.
The 56-year-old said she expected the family would take longer to grieve because of the pandemic.
Taking to the micro-blogging site, Naga retweeted an article that addressed her interview with the royal.
It read: “Sophie, Countess of Wessex, weeps as she remembers Prince Philip.”
The Breakfast presenter then shared a heartbreaking post, in view of her 257,000 followers.
Naga penned: “For those who have grieved and are still grieving. It is heartbreaking to lose a loved one, whoever you are. x #BeKind.”