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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Not eccentric at all’ – a closer view of the King of Tonga

Neil Underhill with Tonga's late King George Tupou V. Photo: Neil Underhill/PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Interview – By Alex Perrottet of Pacific Media Watch

The death of King George Tupou V was unexpected for all – especially for family and close friends.

Neil Underhill is an Honorary Correspondent for the British government to King Tupou V. He is also a close personal friend.

Born in Fiji, he has lived most of his life there and frequently travels to Tonga to see the King. He strongly disagrees with those who describe “HM” as eccentric and instead remembers him as a man of “impeccable dignity”.

Alex Perrottet speaks to Neil Underhill, Honorary Correspondent for the British Government for Tonga and close personal friend of the late King.

For full transcript: Pacific Media Watch 7866

Alex Perrottet is contributing editor of Pacific Media Watch.


Pacific Media Centre’s YouTube channel audio interview by Alex Perrottet.

1 comment:

  1. Derek Leonard, 25. March 2012, 9:56

    Thank you for sharing stories on a truly wonderful and warm human being. KG5 honoured us with his wisdom, humour and leadership. It is a sad time for his family, his Kingdom and those that never had the opportunity to meet a true visionary. RIP HM.