Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke candidly about how difficult it was coping with intense tabloid interest during their documentary with ITV News at 10 anchor Tom Bradby last October. Following a six-week holiday which allowed the royal couple to have a break from duties and the media, they returned to the spotlight yesterday. Today, Tom joined Good Morning Britain and he spoke about how they intend to change the media’s narrative.
He began by defending the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their controversial documentary saying: “The documentary was my idea.
“They were very consistent all the way through that they wanted it to be about their work in Africa.
“I said repeatedly, ‘Look, I’ve made that documentary several times. I’m going to do it about your work in Africa, which is interesting and all the rest of it, but I think, you’ve had an extraordinary year and I think it would look weird if I come along and I don’t ask you anything about how it’s really going’ and I pushed that consistently.
“Even when I was there I could sort of see going through their heads the question of whether to answer honestly, and how honestly, and I think they just in the end they chose to allow a bit of qualified honestly.
“I don’t necessarily think we should be beating them up for that. I mean, do we want people to answer questions honestly or not?”
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Host Piers Morgan then brought up some of the mistakes he felt Prince Harry and Meghan had made last year when it came to the media.
“What I would say is – and I think you’re brilliant at what you do,” Piers said.
“The problem I had with it, they were able to moan about how it had gone from their perspective. I didn’t think there was enough pushback about their behaviour through the year, which often was a big mis-step.”
“Spending on Frogmore Cottage, criticised about the private jet,” Susanna Reid interjected to point out.
“It’s a good question and it’s a big question, in a way,” Tom explained.
“I think their relationship with the media had got so bad it was impossible to have that conversation anymore.
“They have a particular view, and I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, that’s just their view, they feel the media is dishonest and all the other stuff you know and they want to take a stand on it.
“And I don’t know whether six weeks away has changed that in any way,” the news reporter said.