Prince Harry and William row: Duke of Sussex ‘heartbroken’ over ‘painful’ family break-up

Prince Harry: Expert recalls ‘chilly scene’ with Prince William

Tom Bradby, who joined Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their African Tour, reflected on his time with the couple as he joined Alan Titchmarsh for his ITV series Love Your Weekend. The journalist, who is a close friend of the royal couple, revealed the Duke and Duchess are “feeling better” with the life in the States but admitted Harry is “heartbroken” by how things have turned out.

In particular, Harry’s relationship with brother Prince William has come under strain with reports of a feud between the two.

Addressing the distance between the brothers, Tom remarked: “Well, just the situation with the family clearly isn’t ideal and it has been a very difficult year for them all.

“To some extent, I felt a little bit caught in the middle of them with that documentary, which is a deeply uncomfortable place to be and that is, in a way, why I am always reluctant to say anything more because I don’t want to make anything worse or get in between anything or anything like that.”

Tom added he often finds himself “biting my fists” as he reads reports about Meghan and Harry and their life in the US.

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“I think they are content, the things they are doing they are quite excited by,” he told Alan.

“I think he is heartbroken by the situation with his family, you don’t necessarily need to have knowledge to know that, but I think it is true.”

He continued: “But are they unhappy out there?

“No, I don’t think that’s right, I think they are pretty happy actually, but I think they wrestle with their position in life, I think they all do.

“I think William does too, I don’t think he finds it easy.”

Tom added the whole situation has been “incredibly painful,” which is “obvious to everyone”.

“It is painful all round, painful for everyone, difficult to manage,” he explained.

“Effectively they have just decided to completely leave the Royal family, that has never been done – I mean, you could go back to the Duke of Windsor but that was in very different circumstances – it’s never been done voluntarily before and no one still is absolutely clear how it is going to work.

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“There are still a lot of hurt feelings on all sides and it’s very difficult.

“And I agree with you, I think the public desperately wants them to be okay and everyone to be happy and clearly that hasn’t been the situation over the past year.

“It is not a very easy or comfortable situation, I don’t think it was ever going to be an easy or comfortable situation.

“You have got to remember this isn’t just a family, it’s a firm.

“They are in the business of public service on a very elevated, exposed platform and to some extent they are all locked in it together.

“And that creates lots of tensions that people perhaps do see relatively clearly from the outside, but at the same time they are trying to be a family and I am always acutely conscious of that and how complicated and frankly difficult it is.”

Love Your Weekend airs Sunday on ITV at 10am.

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