Prince Harry still 'heartbroken' over rift with royal family

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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  • Tom Bradby says while he believes Harry and Meghan are "pretty happy" with their new life, the duke is likely still "heartbroken" over his rift with the royal family.
  • Tom, a close friend of Prince Harry's, followed the couple as they toured Africa in 2019.
  • "The situation with the family clearly isn't ideal and it has been a very difficult year for them all," he says.

Tom Bradby, a close friend of Prince Harry's, believes he is still "heartbroken" over his rift with the royal family.

Tom, who followed Harry and Meghan on their tour of Africa in 2019 and spoke to the duke as he said he'd drifted from William while Meghan, a new mom at the time, admitted she was not doing okay after months of scrutiny by the tabloid press, has opened up about the royals in ITV's Love Your Weekend With Alan Titchmarsh.

In the episode, which will air on Sunday, he says the royals are "content" with their new life in California. "I think they are feeling better, yes... I think they are content, the things they are doing they are quite excited by. I think he [Harry] 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 admits.

He adds: "The situation with the family clearly isn't ideal and it has been a very difficult year for them all. 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."

He continues: "I think the whole thing has just been incredibly painful, that is obvious to everyone. It is painful all round, painful for everyone, difficult to manage. 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."

Harry and Meghan are expected to return to the UK later this year to celebrate the queen's birthday. This, after sources have said the couple is in fact on better terms with the family a year after stepping down from their royal roles.

Tom says: "There are still a lot of hurt feelings on all sides, and it's very difficult…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."   

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