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Bob Irwin 'devastated not to know his great-grandchild' baby Grace Warrior


Bob Irwin Snr is said to be ‘devastated’ that he has not yet met his great-granddaughter, who is the first child of his estranged granddaughter Bindi Iriwn. 

Bindi, 24, welcomed her daughter, Grace Warrior Irwin Powell, one, in March 2021, and she has not yet met her 83-year-old grandad, Woman’s Day claimed in a new report on Monday.   

‘He still talks about Steve (Irwin) and the kids, but it’s with sadness. I’m sure he’s devastated not to know his great-grandchild’ an alleged insider told the magazine. 

Bob Irwin Snr (pictured) is said to be 'devastated' that he has not yet met his great-granddaughter, who is the first child of his estranged granddaughter Bindi Iriwn

Bob Irwin Snr (pictured) is said to be ‘devastated’ that he has not yet met his great-granddaughter, who is the first child of his estranged granddaughter Bindi Iriwn

The report goes on to claim that all photos of Bob have been stripped from the Irwin family home at Australia Zoo.    

There’s ‘hardly any proof Bob ever existed’ the insider alleges. 

‘There are pictures of Lyn, Steve and the kids everywhere, but you’d be hard pressed to find anything about Bob’. 

Bindi, 24, welcomed her daughter, Grace Warrior Irwin Powell, one, in March 2021, and she has not yet met her 83-year-old grandad, Woman's Day claimed in a new report on Monday. Bindi and Grace are pictured

Bindi, 24, welcomed her daughter, Grace Warrior Irwin Powell, one, in March 2021, and she has not yet met her 83-year-old grandad, Woman’s Day claimed in a new report on Monday. Bindi and Grace are pictured 

The magazine additionally claims that Bob would like to make peace with Bindi, amid the pair’s public feud. 

‘Bob’s had health problems and he’s not getting any younger – it would be great for them to bury the hatchet’ the insider claimed.  

It comes after an Irwin family friend has said Bob Snr is ‘deeply upset’ by Bindi’s claims he’s ‘ignored’ her since she was a child – leading those close to him to fear the rift may have tragic consequences.

'He still talks about Steve (Irwin) and the kids, but it's with sadness. I'm sure he's devastated not to know his great-grandchild' an alleged insider told the magazine. Bindi is pictured with her husband Chandler Powell and daughter Grace

‘He still talks about Steve (Irwin) and the kids, but it’s with sadness. I’m sure he’s devastated not to know his great-grandchild’ an alleged insider told the magazine. Bindi is pictured with her husband Chandler Powell and daughter Grace 

Amanda French, who co-authored Bob’s 2016 autobiography The Last Crocodile Hunter, said that family members have tried to shield Bob from ‘the full extent’ of what Bindi has said about him.

But he’s nonetheless devastated and feels confused as to ‘where this all came from’.

Ms French told Seven’s The Latest on Monday: ‘Naturally Bob’s quite upset about it, and to be perfectly honest we haven’t told him the full extent of the comments because we’re quite concerned about how he might take that.’

An Irwin family friend has said Bob Snr is 'deeply upset' by his granddaughter Bindi's claims he's 'ignored' her since she was a child - leading those close to him to fear the rift may have tragic consequences

An Irwin family friend has said Bob Snr is ‘deeply upset’ by his granddaughter Bindi’s claims he’s ‘ignored’ her since she was a child – leading those close to him to fear the rift may have tragic consequences

She also claimed Bindi’s harsh Facebook comment about her grandfather on Sunday was particularly unfair given how Bob has always maintained a dignified silence on the circumstances of his exit from Australia Zoo in 2008.

‘Bob’s always been quite neutral about the reason why he left the zoo and that’s something he’ll probably take to his grave,’ Ms French said. 

‘He has his own reasons between himself and Terri [Irwin], but he’s always had the greatest respect for the kids; he’s got photos in his hallway of the kids.

‘I guess he’s scratching his head today, wondering where this all came from.’ 

Inner circle: Amanda French (right), who co-authored Bob's (left) 2016 autobiography The Last Crocodile Hunter, said on Monday that family members have tried to shield Bob, 82, from 'the full extent' of what Bindi, 22, has said about him, but he's nonetheless devastated and feels confused as to 'where this all came from'

Inner circle: Amanda French (right), who co-authored Bob’s (left) 2016 autobiography The Last Crocodile Hunter, said on Monday that family members have tried to shield Bob, 82, from ‘the full extent’ of what Bindi, 22, has said about him, but he’s nonetheless devastated and feels confused as to ‘where this all came from’

It comes as Bindi faces backlash from her own family for accusing her estranged grandfather of ‘ignoring’ her since her childhood. 

The wildlife warrior made headlines after she posted a scathing Facebook comment about her strained relationship with Bob, claiming the ageing conservationist – who founded the family business Australia Zoo in 1970 – had ‘never said a single kind word’ to her and even ‘returned gifts’ she’d sent him.

While Bob has yet to publicly respond to the accusations, members of his inner circle fired back at Bindi. 

Bindi made headlines after she posted a scathing Facebook comment about her strained relationship with Bob (pictured in October 2016), claiming the ageing conservationist - who founded the family business Australia Zoo in 1970 - had 'never said a single kind word' to her and even 'returned gifts' she'd sent him

Bindi made headlines after she posted a scathing Facebook comment about her strained relationship with Bob (pictured in October 2016), claiming the ageing conservationist – who founded the family business Australia Zoo in 1970 – had ‘never said a single kind word’ to her and even ‘returned gifts’ she’d sent him

Bethany Wheeler, another granddaughter of Bob’s by marriage, declared on Facebook: ‘The time has come to speak up.’

‘I read some absolutely appalling comments by Bindi today! Feel free to share this post (I will make it public) as we have all been silent… for too long,’ she wrote.

Ms Wheeler, whose stepmother Mandy is Bob’s daughter, defended her grandfather’s character, calling him ‘one of the most genuinely beautiful humans on this planet’ who has ‘never spoken out or put down anybody’.

While Bob has yet to publicly respond to the accusations, members of his inner circle fired back at Bindi

While Bob has yet to publicly respond to the accusations, members of his inner circle fired back at Bindi 

‘He is a man who sits silently and battles his demons alone, in what is great sadness. He doesn’t retaliate, only prays for his grandchildren’s safety and good lives,’ she continued.

Ms Wheeler went on to thank Bob for showing ‘absolute love, respect, support and encouragement’ throughout her life.

‘My sisters and brothers will happily back me up when I say that Bob Irwin is a passive and beautiful human,’ she added.

Meanwhile, Ms French accused Bindi of assassinating her grandfather’s character.

Bethany Wheeler (second from left), another granddaughter of Bob's (left) by marriage, declared on Facebook: 'The time has come to speak up... We have all felt sick reading [this] for too long.' Pictured: Ms Wheeler at her wedding to husband Wayne

Bethany Wheeler (second from left), another granddaughter of Bob’s (left) by marriage, declared on Facebook: ‘The time has come to speak up… We have all felt sick reading [this] for too long.’ Pictured: Ms Wheeler at her wedding to husband Wayne

‘To read the sad comments online today has sickened me, and people who are closest to him,’ Ms French wrote on Facebook.

She described Bob as ‘kind, gentle, generous and extremely f**king introverted’. 

‘It is disappointing [for Bindi] to have written what was written. To call a man [what Bindi called him] who has not once retaliated, simply buried his head in the sand and got on with his life in a meaningful way is [unfair],’ she wrote.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Ms French called Bindi’s attack ‘heartbreaking’, and insisted Bob still loves his family, including his granddaughter.

‘He hasn’t seen you since you were 10. He’s done all he knows how to do and that is bury his head in the sand because that’s how he copes,’ she said, referring to how Bob withdrew from life after his son Steve’s death almost 15 years ago.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Ms French called Bindi's attack 'heartbreaking', and insisted Bob still loves his family, including his granddaughter

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Ms French called Bindi’s attack ‘heartbreaking’, and insisted Bob still loves his family, including his granddaughter 

Steve Irwin died in September 2006 aged 44, after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming a wildlife documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland.

‘This should be a private matter not written about on Facebook. I’m so disappointed to read this. It’s immature to write such words. We could turn this around and say he supported your family financially by handing you the keys to the very property he built with his bare hands,’ Ms French said, referring to how Bob handed ownership of Australia Zoo to his son and daughter-in-law Terri Irwin in 1992.

Meanwhile, Bob’s other granddaughter Toni Johnstone also claimed Steve would be ‘furious’ about his daughter’s accusations if he were alive today.

Lashing out: Bob's other granddaughter Toni Johnstone also claimed Steve would be 'furious' about his daughter's accusations if he were alive today

Lashing out: Bob’s other granddaughter Toni Johnstone also claimed Steve would be ‘furious’ about his daughter’s accusations if he were alive today

Commenting below Ms French’s Facebook post, Ms Johnstone wrote: ‘I honestly cannot believe how [Bindi] can [accuse Bob of these things] and then preach ‘let’s be kind to one another’ in the same post.’

Ms Johnstone, whose mother Mandy is Steve’s sister, added: ‘Let’s hope [Bindi and Terri] remember who built the zoo that made them who they are today.’

‘Poppy [Bob] is the most caring, loving, beautiful soul and I am so incredibly lucky to have him as my grandfather,’ she continued.

Ms Johnstone said she was 'puzzled' as to why Bindi would make such 'horrible' claims about Bob. Pictured from left: Robert, Terri and Bindi Irwin

Ms Johnstone said she was ‘puzzled’ as to why Bindi would make such ‘horrible’ claims about Bob. Pictured from left: Robert, Terri and Bindi Irwin 

Ms Johnstone went on to say she was ‘puzzled’ as to why Bindi would make such ‘horrible’ claims about Bob.

The Irwin family feud was blasted wide open earlier this year when Bindi responded to a fan on Facebook who criticised her decision to exclude Bob from a post she’d written about ‘the fathers in [her] life’.

Bindi had uploaded sweet post celebrating Father’s Day in the USA, saying she was thankful for the ‘three most incredible fathers in her life’: her late father Steve Irwin, her husband Chandler Powell and her father-in-law Chris.

Bindi (pictured with husband Chandler Powell) spoke out about her strained relationship with her estranged grandfather Bob in a scathing Facebook comment

Bindi (pictured with husband Chandler Powell) spoke out about her strained relationship with her estranged grandfather Bob in a scathing Facebook comment 

When one fan asked why she hadn’t included her grandfather – Steve’s father, Bob – Bindi gave an uncharacteristically raw account of their relationship, claiming he’d ignored her since she was a ‘little girl’. 

The mother of one wrote: ‘I really wish that my entire family could spend time with Grace. Unfortunately, my grandfather Bob has shown no interest in spending time with me or my family.’

She went on to claim that Bob had ‘returned gifts I’ve sent after he opened them’, and ignored any letters sent from her. 

When one fan asked why she hadn't included her grandfather Bob (right), Bindi (left) gave an uncharacteristically raw account of their relationship. Pictured with mother Terri (second right) and brother Robert (second left) in 2007, one year after Steve's death

When one fan asked why she hadn’t included her grandfather Bob (right), Bindi (left) gave an uncharacteristically raw account of their relationship. Pictured with mother Terri (second right) and brother Robert (second left) in 2007, one year after Steve’s death

Bindi wrote, 'I really wish that my entire family could spend time with Grace. Unfortunately, my grandfather has shown no interest in spending time with me or my family'

Bindi wrote, ‘I really wish that my entire family could spend time with Grace. Unfortunately, my grandfather has shown no interest in spending time with me or my family’

Bindi had commented on a Father's Day post celebrating the 'three most incredible fathers in her life', her late father Steve, her husband Chandler and her father-in-law Chris

Bindi had commented on a Father’s Day post celebrating the ‘three most incredible fathers in her life’, her late father Steve, her husband Chandler and her father-in-law Chris

‘From the time I was a little girl he has ignored me, preferring to spend time doing anything else rather than being with me,’ she continued.

‘He has never said a single kind word to me personally. It breaks my heart.’

She went on to say that her mother Terri still writes to him and sends birthday cards and Christmas gifts, but claims they have received no reply.

'He has never said a single kind word to me personally. It breaks my heart,' Bindi claimed. Pictured: Bob holding a photograph of Bindi in 2008

‘He has never said a single kind word to me personally. It breaks my heart,’ Bindi claimed. Pictured: Bob holding a photograph of Bindi in 2008

‘We have also been his financial support since 1992 when he retired from Australia Zoo, sending him funds every week,’ she added.

‘We built him a house on a beautiful property and will always do our best to ensure his wellbeing. 

‘I hope everyone remembers to be kind to one another but most of all care for your own mental health.

‘I have struggled with this relationship my entire life and it brings me enormous pain.’

Bob is the father of the legendary 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin, who died in 2006. Pictured: The family in 2004

Bob is the father of the legendary ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin, who died in 2006. Pictured: The family in 2004

Bindibconcluded by saying she had to ‘choose to care for her own mental health now’.

Bob previously spoke to the media about the family feud that left him estranged from his granddaughter.

In September 2019, he told the Courier Mail that he had not received a response since writing a letter to Bindi in which he wished her well after she announced her engagement to her now-husband Chandler in July. 

'We built him a house on a beautiful property and will always do our best to ensure his wellbeing,' said Bindi. Pictured: Bob Irwin's farm outside Kingaroy in 2008

‘We built him a house on a beautiful property and will always do our best to ensure his wellbeing,’ said Bindi. Pictured: Bob Irwin’s farm outside Kingaroy in 2008 

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