ITV journalist Tom Bradby had once been a close media ally to Prince William and Prince Harry. Bradby got exclusives from both brothers and he was seen as more of a neutral ally, rather than someone deeply embedded in a royal court. That began to change in the last half of 2019, when Bradby accompanied the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their African tour. He organized the documentary about the tour and conducted personal interviews with both H&M. Those interviews reflected the rawness of Harry and Meghan’s feelings having survived the previous year’s onslaught of negative, toxic abuse from the Windsors and the British media.
When the Sussexit was first announced in January 2020, it was clear that Bradby was being briefed by Harry, and much of what Bradby said at the time has turned out to be the case: there was a lot of toxic drama in the royal family, Harry began falling out with his family around the wedding, Harry & Meghan believed they were being driven out. Bradby spoke again in January of this year, and it was clear that he’s still in communication with Harry, and he described H&M’s happiness in California and Harry’s “heartbreak” at dealing with all of the toxicity from his family. Well, I don’t know if Bradby has explicitly chosen “Team Sussex,” but clearly Prince William feels Bradby has done just that. So Baldemort has cut him off! From Dan Wootton at the Daily Mail:
They were once the most unlikely of close pals – a future king of England and the dogged ITV newsman. But the two-decades long friendship between Prince William and Tom Bradby is now over, according to senior royal sources. The Duke of Cambridge has been left annoyed that the high-profile presenter – host of ITV’s News at Ten – has sided with his brother Prince Harry and sister-in-law Meghan in the increasingly bitter transatlantic war of the Windsors.
While phone calls and communication between the Duke of Sussex in California and Bradby in London have become commonplace, William, in contrast, is said to no longer trust the high profile journalist who was once a close confidante. A royal insider revealed: ‘The friendship between William and Tom is very much over. The Duke feels let down by Bradby and the way he’s acted over the past few months. William is a sensitive soul and believes it’s in times of crisis when you find out who your true friends are. It would be fair to say Bradby hasn’t been one of them.’
Among senior royal aides, there is growing anger at the way Bradby and ITV News seem to have become a mouthpiece for Harry and Meghan’s gripes about the Royal Family. More recently, Bradby is believed to have been central to ITV being granted the rights to broadcast Oprah Winfrey’s incendiary interview with the pair, where they lobbed a number of grenade-like allegations at the monarchy, including claims a senior royal had made racist comments about their future child’s skin colour.
The royal source said: ‘Some staff at the Palaces are even angrier about Bradby and the tone of his reporting at ITV News, which they consider to be pro-Harry and Meghan. It’s well-known Bradby personally communicates with Harry on a regular basis and that is pretty obvious to royal aides who know how things work. But it’s been very difficult to accept given the long history between Bradby and William.’
William was once so close with Bradby that he was chosen to conduct the November 2010 engagement exclusive interview with him and Kate. Bradby went on to attend the nuptials at Westminster Abbey as a guest. A spokesman for William at the time said: ‘The couple asked to record this interview specifically with Mr Bradby, whom they have both known for some time.’
But Bradby was equally close with Harry, attending his Windsor wedding to Meghan, alongside other media figures including Oprah and James Corden.
The Mail on Sunday revealed earlier this month that Bradby has ‘significant sway’ over how Meghan is portrayed more widely on ITV. They reported he may have been involved in pointing the Duchess ‘in the right direction’ over how to complain about Piers Morgan’s criticism of her on Good Morning Britain, which resulted in him quitting the show. A source told the newspaper: ‘Tom Bradby has a certain caché at ITV as their news man. He is also the man with the golden goose in the bosses’ eyes as he has a hotline to Prince Harry.’
But don’t expect to see Bradby securing another interview with William again. Our royal source added: ‘The Duke will, of course, remain cordial and professional in his relations with senior media figures, but that special relationship he once had with Bradby is no more. William no longer sees him as a friend.’
The absolute audacity of William GRIPING to other royal reporters about how Harry is still in communication with a journalist he (Harry) considers a friend and ally. This is about how insecure and thin-skinned William is, and how much of a bully he is. The Other Brother cannot stand that Harry has media allies (in America and the UK) with whom he can communicate his side. Baldingham wanted to cut Harry off from the media, leave Harry voiceless and then Baldingham could dictate the narrative. Plus, William is just so f–king petty and small, he honestly can’t stand it when someone pays attention to anyone but him. I guess Dan Wootton will get all of Baldemort’s exclusives now. Cough.
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