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She was a lovely girl, my first nanny. In the end, we realised we weren't right for each other. What I hadn't realised, I think, during those first few weeks at home with my baby -- where I didn't venture out much because of the photographers who were outside, I didn't actually think how my relatives, friends and my nanny were having to go in and out every day, in and out through this enormous bank of photographers and reporters. And so I think, I suppose, at some point she had been approached by one of these reporters and told that if she ever wanted to sell her story, they could offer her more money than was her annual salary. So I think at the point where she and I agreed, I thought quite amicably, to part our ways -- in fact, she was working out her notice, as you were, quite amicably, still living with me. So it wasn't -- I mean, we were getting on still quite well. At some point, she met up with a journalist from the Sun and he told her that he could offer her £30,000 if she would give him certain information about -- I don't know, what just life was like with the Diamonds, is the way I think he put it.

She came back from that meeting, I gather, and she was in her own room and I was with the baby when I got a phone call from a reporter on the Sun who said, "I've just had lunch with your nanny. I've just bought her up. What's your reaction?" And I was completely shocked and I put the phone down and rang my husband and said, "What do I do?" And he said, "Go and talk to her. If she's in the house, go and talk to her and see if you can reason with her." And I went through to her and we did. We sat on her bed and we talked it through and she and I were both in tears by the end of the discussion and she said, "I'm going to ring them up and I'm going to tell them I don't want to do it", and so she did and she rang the reporter up and she said, "I don't want to do it anymore. I see I shouldn't have done it. I didn't completely understand that there is a confidentiality between a nanny and her employers. I just don't want to go there. It's going to upset too many people." And he said, "You can't pull out of it. You've given me enough information and we're still going to run the story".

So they did run the story and they reneged on their promise to pay her, so she never got they are £30,000. The story ran anyway and we both felt abused.

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