The Duke of Cambridge has allegedly been “left annoyed” that Bradby, the host of ITV’s News at Ten who travelled with the Sussexes on their tour of southern Africa, has remained close with his brother Prince Harry after he and Meghan Markle broke away from the royal family.
Prince William became friends with Bradby after he was appointed ITN royal correspondent in 2001.
A royal insider told the Mail Online: “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.”
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Bradby conducted the first interview with Prince William and Kate Middleton after their engagement was announced in 2010. He was also a guest at their wedding in April 2011.
The source said that it was “well-known” that Bradby “personally communicates with Harry on a regular basis” and that “it’s pretty obvious to royal aides who know how things work”.
They added: “But it’s been very difficult to accept given the long history between Bradby and William.”
Bradby attended the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in 2018. He also interviewed the couple in 2019 during their tour of southern Africa, in which Meghan said she was “struggling” to cope.
During the ITV interview, Bradby spoke to Meghan about how she was coping with being in the spotlight. When he asked if it’s “really been a struggle”, Meghan replied “yes”.
The Duchess also thanked him for asking how she was doing, saying: “Not many people have asked if I’m OK”.
Kensington Palace declined to comment when approached by The Independent.
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