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Karen Taylor and her bonkers brood have certainly made an impression since they landed in the Square in June. But it hasn’t always been a good one, thanks to Karen’s inability to keep her mouth shut.
The news that daughter Bernadette was pregnant showed a softer side to the brassy mum, though. Then tragedy struck as Bernadette suffered a miscarriage…
Schoolgirl Bernadette was looking forward to becoming a mum, despite the terror felt by the baby’s father, Callum. But the loss leaves her distraught and the rest of the Taylor clan devastated.
‘Bernadette struggles to come to terms with what’s happened,’ reveals our insider at Eastenders. ‘And she begs her mum to let her go to the hospital so she can say a proper goodbye to the child she’ll never know.’ But concerned Karen has other ideas. ‘Worried about how that reality may affect her daughter, Karen decides to visit the baby herself,’ says our source. ‘And she goes on her own, which makes an already emotionally wrought Bernadette more angry…’
Bernadette does eventually go to the hospital. But what she discovers there leaves her in pieces.
Was Karen right after all? Is the prospect of saying goodbye to her baby more than the 15-year-old can bear? Or has something else happened? We can’t say, but it causes a serious rift. Bizarrely, it’s Karen’s new ally, Shirley Carter, who comes up with an idea to assist Karen in helping the distraught teenager grieve and move on.
Our insider adds: ‘But that plan hits problems when Karen and sons Keegan Baker and Keanu head to the allotments to meet Bernadette. Their sweet scheme is to pay tribute to the baby.
‘Once they get there, though, they run into Callum and soon realise he’s the baby’s dad.’
We can’t reveal what happens. But with emotions raw and Karen and Keegan the possessors of the shortest fuses in soapland, the situation has the potential to turn explosive. But is that the best thing for Bernadette?
Later, back at No.23, twins Chatham and Riley come home and ‘the family is reunited’.
But is that in a physical sense and an emotional one? Has Karen healed the rift and brought the fraught family together, proving she’s the caring mum she always claims to be, who’ll take a bullet for her kids?
Or have her actions ensured the rift between her and her daughter has expanded into a chasm?
We’re hoping this tragedy unites the feuding family and they can move on with their lives. But with a sobbing Karen collapsing in Shirley’s arms, we fear there’s more trouble ahead…
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