Sarah Jane Mee reveals she walked out of the studio sobbing

Sky News’ Sarah-Jane Mee reveals she walked out of the studio ‘sobbing’ after airing a clip of a baby being passed over a barbed wire fence during the evacuation of Kabul – and says being a mother makes it harder to ‘detach’

  • Sky News presenter Sarah-Jane Mee has revealed how having a baby has changed the way she reacts to hard-hitting news stories
  • The news anchor, 43, has told how her life has completely changed since she turned 40 – going from single and care-free, to engaged a step mother
  • She welcomed daughter Rae during lockdown and returned to her anchor role as reports broke of a newborn being handed to US troops over barbed wire
  • Said she finds it harder to detach and she ‘walked out of the studio sobbing’

Sky News presenter Sarah-Jane Mee has revealed how having a baby has changed the way she reacts to hard-hitting news stories.

The news anchor, 43, from East Sussex, has told how her life has completely changed since she turned 40 – going from single and care-free, to engaged and a step mother to her partner Ben Richardson’s eight-year-old son Teddy.

And the biggest change has been welcoming daughter Rae, 1, during lockdown, with Sarah-Jane admitting that she ‘walked out of the studio sobbing’ as reports broke showing footage of a newborn baby being handed to Marines over a barbed-wired wall by her desperate parents amid the chaotic US withdrawal in Afghanistan in August.

Sky News presenter Sarah-Jane Mee (seen in 2018) has revealed how having a baby has changed the way she reacts to hard-hitting news stories

Sarah-Jane admitting that she ‘walked out of the studio sobbing’ as reports broke showing footage of a newborn baby being handed to Marines over a barbed-wired wall by her desperate parents amid the chaotic US withdrawal in Afghanistan in August (seen)

Speaking to the Telegraph, Sarah-Jane said: ‘The detachment used to be easier before I became a mother. 

‘I returned from maternity leave just as the Afghanistan withdrawal story broke and that photo of a baby being handed over the barbed wire to soldiers will haunt me forever. I had to walk out of the studio when that report was playing because I was sobbing.’  

The new mother admits she would have laughed if someone told her three years ago that she would move to the countryside, become engaged and welcome a little girl all within three years.

The presenter was introduced to branding agency founder Ben, 42, at a party thrown by mutual friend Autumn Phillips – the former wife of Princess Anne’s son Peter.

The news anchor, 43, has told how her life has completely changed since she turned 40 – going from single and care-free, to engaged and a step mother to her partner Ben Richardson’s eight-year-old son Teddy

And Sarah-Jane says that having a baby during lockdown had its ups and downs, admitting that having partner Ben home meant she didn’t feel isolated during lockdown – and made Rae’s first year ‘about mum and dad equally’.

However it also made social media trolls more relentless than before, with Sarah Jane admitting that a cruel jibe about baby weight upset her.

She said: ‘When I went back to work after having Rae, social media was overwhelmingly positive but there was one comment that mentioned my weight. One comment out of hundreds, but that was the one I remembered.

‘I replied, saying, “I’ve got no excuses. It’s not baby weight, it’s lockdown weight and I’m sure you’ve got a bit of that too.” I didn’t want them to know it had affected me. But it did. I was having such a good day and thought, “How could you?” But you have to remember that those people would never walk up and say it to your face.’

The presenter was introduced to branding agency founder Ben, 42, seen, at a party thrown by mutual friend Autumn Phillips – the former wife of Princess Anne’s son Peter

Sarah Jane admitting that a cruel jibeon social media about baby weight upset her 

In August, the world was moved by emotional pictures showing an 16-day-old baby being passed to a soldier over a barbed wire fence as his distraught parents begged for her safety from the human crush beyond the perimeter of Hamid Karzai International Airport.

The Afghan father has since told how he instructed his wife Sadia to flee to the airport as reports came in about collogues and other American allies going missing as the Taliban completed its take over of Afghanistan. 

The first-time father said he was living at Kabul airport throughout August, serving as a linguist to assist US Marines with the evacuation effort and had missed the birth of his daughter 16 days earlier. 

Hameed said while he was living at the airport, he unable to leave to meet his newborn daughter and could only talk to his wife, Sadia, over the phone as she explained that she had gone through a difficult delivery.

Hours later, Sadia was able to get though the gate and the family was reunited as they prepared for their evacuation flight. 

Hameed said he learned about the now iconic video when the family landed in America, agreeing that it served as a symbol about the reality in Afghanistan.

The family are now safely living in Phoenix, Arizona, with their daughter, Liya, who has the middle name ‘Marine’ in tribute to the soldier who helped save her life.

Hameed, pictured with wife Sadia and  baby Liya, are now living in Phoenix, Arizona

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