ITV News presenter Tom Bradby has said that his own “mental health meltdown” helped him to approach his 2019 interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “differently”. The journalist had followed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their royal tour of southern Africa as part of ITV’s ‘Harry & Meghan: An African Journey’ documentary, and discovered the “the depth of their unhappiness” in the Royal Family. Speaking with Alan Titchmarsh on the upcoming episode of his Love Your Weekend programme, Mr Bradby revealed what had led him to uncover the tragic state of affairs.
He said: “I had quite a well-publicised meltdown, a mental health meltdown of my own a few years before that.
“I think there is no doubt in my mind that I did the interview differently as a result of that.
“If that hadn’t happened, I suspect I would have gone on in a more traditional journalistic way.
“The reason that I conducted the interviews in the way that I did, partly, was because I actually called my wife one night.”
Meghan and Prince Harry: Tom Bradby opens up on heartbreak behind iconic interview
Mr Bradby spoke with Alan Titchmarsh on the Sunday January 15 broadcast of ITV’s ‘Love Your Weekend’
Mr Bradby continued: “She said, ‘Look, stop being an idiot, start being a human being. You can clearly see they are not feeling great.
“‘So why don’t you elect them to tell you how they are feeling? That is what being a good journalist is.’
“It is always good when your wife tells you how to do your job. She was completely right.”
Meghan had spoken openly about her private struggles to cope through her pregnancy with the pressure of the media weighing down on her.
Mr Bradby said: ‘They were clearly in a difficult position and weren’t feeling great.’
Meghan had spoken openly about her private struggles to cope through her pregnancy.
When Mr Bradby asked if she “was okay”, she replied: “Not really.”
Harry also confirmed suggestions of a rift between him and his brother, Prince William.
He told the documentary: “Inevitably stuff happens, but we’re brothers and we’ll always be brothers.”
Mr Bradby told Love Your Weekend: “It was a very psychologically complex project because they were clearly in a difficult position and weren’t feeling great.
Harry also confirmed suggestions of a rift between him and his brother Prince William.
MEGHAN AND HARRY TIMELINE
“I realised the extent of that the more I was there.
“I went thinking I was making a documentary about them sort of resetting themselves in public life, and it became increasingly apparent to me the depth of their unhappiness.
“Really what I was probably recording was likely to be their exit from public life, which was a big transition to sort of make in my own head.
“I had to flip really halfway through about the kind of programme I was trying to make.”
Shortly after their return from Africa, Meghan and Harry announced plans for a six-week break away from public duty to spend time with their son Archie.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex went on to confirm they would step away from their royal roles in January 2020 and officially departed in March after a final round of engagements across the UK.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK