Former Daily Mirror royal editor and correspondent James Whitaker has died aged 71.

Former Daily Mirror royal editor and correspondent James Whitaker has died aged 71.

The national newspaper confirmed that he lost his battle with cancer earlier this morning. He rose to fame covering the Royal family throughout the years and famously broke the story that Princess Diana was suffering from an eating disorder.

Aside from reporting for the paper he featured on many TV programmes as a royal commentator. One of those shows he was most prominent on was ITV 1’s This Morning, who paid tribute to him today during the newspaper review segment.

Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace paid tribute to Whitaker:  “James was a true Fleet Street legend who became famous around the world as a Royal reporter. His colleagues often joked that at times he appeared grander than the royals themselves – which, of course, he loved.

Despite the severity of his illness, he never complained or went in for self-pity, but insisted he had a life well lived. Our thoughts are with his loving family who – like us all – will miss him terribly.”

James Whitaker 1940 – 2012

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