‘Harry is heartbroken over painful family rift – and I was caught in the middle’

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Prince Harry is "heartbroken" over the current situation with his family following a "very difficult year" since Megxit, ITV interviewer Tom Bradby believes.

The journalist, who famously chatted to a teary Meghan Markle on their African Tour, told Alan Titchmarsh that his realisation of the "depth" of the couple's "unhappiness" prompted him to ask Meghan and Harry about their mental health.

Meghan and Harry answered his questions candidly and it was then the Duke hinted at a rift with brother Prince William, saying they were on “different paths".

Four months after the Duke and Duchess returned, the pair made the bombshell decision to step back as senior members of the Royal Family.

Reflecting on his interview with the couple a year on from Megxit, Bradby said he believes the couple are happier in the United States, but that Prince Harry is "heartbroken" over his family relationships.

In a clip released ahead of Sunday’s episode of Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh, Bradby said: "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 and that 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."

Asked about Harry’s current relationship with his family, Tom said 2020 was "clearly" a "very difficult year for them all".

He also said he felt "caught in the middle" of the Royal feud, which made him feel "deeply uncomfortable".

Tom said: "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."

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Bradby also told Titchmarsh there is likely “still a lot of hurt feelings on all sides” and said it is a “very difficult” situation to manage in the public eye.

He said: "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.

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Despite this, Bradby believes the couple are "pretty happy" in Montecito, California, where they live with their son Archie.

Tom added: "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."

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