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ITN's Tom Bradby recalled a lunch with the now-Prime Minister at a London restaurant. It happened shortly before Mr Johnson revealed he would back the Leave campaign.Journalist Bradby recalled a lunch with the now-Prime Minister and his press secretary at an Italian restaurant near London's City Hall.
and have been arguing for 'past year and a half', ITN's Tom Bradby has claimed.
Journalist Bradby - who was once friends with both princes - also denied negotiating ITV's rights for Harry and Meghan's incendiary interview with.
During the bombshell tell-all, the Sussexes lobbed a number of grenade-like allegations at the monarchy, including claims a senior royal had made racist comments about their future child's skin colour.
Bradby claimed in an interview withthat reporting on the royals 'used to be quite a straightforward thing' when Harry and William 'weren't arguing and life was simple'.
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But the brothers' relationship 'slowly descended into something that was difficult - personally and publicly - really over the past year and a half'.
MailOnline's Dan Wootton was the first to reveal that Prince William ended his long-standing friendship with Bradby because of his concerns he sided with Prince Harry and sister-in-law Meghan in the increasingly bitter transatlantic war of the Windsors.
Bradby refused to be pressed on his current relationship with William, who was once so close to the journalist he was chosen to conduct the November 2010 engagement exclusive interview with him and Kate.
Bradby was host of an ITV documentary filmed in South Africa in 2019 when Meghan, in a swipe at her new family, moaned: 'Not many people have asked if I'm okay. It's a very real thing to go through behind the scenes…it has really been a struggle.'
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Harry also used Bradby's documentary to publicly confirm a feud with his brother, admitting that he and William were 'on different paths at the moment'.
Addressing the documentary in his interview with The Times, Bradby said it was his own mental health struggle that helped him notice that the Sussexes were struggling.
He had to take lengthy time off from hosting News at Ten in 2018 after suffering what he dubbed a 'mental health equivalent of a heart attack'.
Bradby said: '[I] was clearly influenced by my own experience and I didn't think they were in great shape, and so I altered the way I was planning to do the documentary.'
He said he 'felt like there was an untold story' behind Meghan's public face, so he asked her the question: 'Are you OK?'.
When pressed on whether the South Africa documentary, and the insight into the royal rift that followed, increased his stress, Bradby said: 'Well, it used to be quite a straightforward thing, right, because they weren't arguing and life was simple.
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'And then it just slowly descended into something that was difficult - personally and publicly - really over the past year and a half.'
Also in the interview, Bradby recalled a lunch he had with Boris Johnson, prior to the now-Prime Minister revealing he would back the Leave campaign in the 2016 referendum.
Mr Johnson laid out the benefits of leaving and remaining on a tablecloth, Bradby said, before declaring he's not sure and its a 'difficult decision'.
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CLAIM: MEGHAN NEVER RESEARCHED THE ROYAL FAMILY PRIOR TO JOINING Meghan said: 'I didn't do any research about what that would mean,' she said. 'I never looked up my husband online.' Meghan's claim that she never researched Harry, nor the Royal Family, before entering into the relationship is at odds with claims made in the couple's biography.
FACT CHECK: UNLIKELY Although the Sussexes maintain they did not contribute to Finding Freedom, it was written by friendly journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, who say the book was impeccably well-sourced by those closest to the couple. Prior to their first date at Dean Street Townhouse in 2016, the authors write: 'Naturally both participants in this blind date did their homework with a thorough Google search. Harry, who scoped out Meghan on social media, was interested.' A friend is also claimed to have impressed on Meghan the attention she would command for dating Harry, saying: 'This could be crazy...you will be the most wanted woman'.
CLAIM: HARRY AND MEGHAN WERE ACTUALLY SECRETLY WED THREE DAYS BEFORE THE WINDSOR CEREMONY BY THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY. Meghan said: 'You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that... We called the Archbishop and we just said, 'Look, this thing, this spectacle is for the world but we want our union between us.'
CLAIM: ARCHIE WOULDN'T GET 24/7 SECURITY BECAUSE HE WASN'T A PRINCE: Meghan said: In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we (had) the conversation of he won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title. Being a prince or princess, however, does not automatically mean royals have police protection. Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie's security is no longer paid for by the taxpayer. Harry and Meghan no longer receive British police protection, and are understood to be paying for private security.
FACT CHECK: FALSE Being a prince or princess does not automatically mean royals have police protection. Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie's security is no longer paid for by taxpayers. Harry and Meghan no longer receive British police protection, and are understood to be paying for private security.
CLAIM: KATE MADE MEGHAN CRY BEFORE HER WEDDING TO HARRY Responding to claims that she reduced Kate to tears, Meghan said: 'No, no. The reverse happened'.
FACT CHECK: CONTESTED Reports of a pre-wedding clash between the duchesses first emerged in November 2018, when sources claimed Meghan had been left displeased with a 'stressful' dress fitting for the flower girls. Accounts differed as to the source of the row. Some said it was a disagreement on whether the bridesmaids should wear tights - Meghan reportedly believed they should not. Other reports said it stemmed from Princess Charlotte's dress not fitting, meaning another had to be scheduled. A source said at the time: 'Kate had only just given birth to her third child, Prince Louis, and was feeling quite emotional.' But during the Oprah interview Meghan flatly denied the reports and claimed it was Kate that left her upset.
CLAIM: HARRY AND MEGHAN WITNESSED RACISM INSIDE THE MONARCHY According to Meghan [There were] concerns and conversations about how dark his [Archie's] skin might be when he's born' Harry and Meghan said they will never reveal the person who made these comments.
FACT CHECK: TRUE When Harry and Meghan announced their intention to step back from being senior royals, they said they wanted to be 'financially independent'. Before cutting ties, 95 percent of their money came from Prince Charles's income from the Duchy of Cornwall, and 5 percent from the taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant. Princes William and Harry received most of a £13 million ($18 million) fortune left by their mother Princess Diana. Harry is also thought to have had millions left to him by the Queen mother.
CLAIM: MEGHAN HAS NOT SEEN SAMANTHA MARKLE IN ALMOST 20 YEARS Meghan has not seen Samantha Markle in almost 20 years, she said: 'The last time I saw her must have been at least 18, 19 years.' During the interview Meghan distanced herself from her half-sister Samantha, who she said she hardly knows and she grew up 'an only child'.
FACT CHECK: FALSE A photograph from 2008 - 13 years ago - shows Meghan with Samantha at her graduation (pictured).
FACT CHECK DIFFICULT TO VERIFY Senior royals are often pictured driving themselves and it is believed there have never been prior claims of a royal having keys and passports held. Harry and Meghan received police protection, meaning their travel was meticulously planned by officers.
Bradby said: 'When I got up, I tried to take the tablecloth with me and [press secretary] Will Walden was like, "No way." And he took the tablecloth, folded it, put it in his pocket. I assume he's still got it.
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'But I left that restaurant convinced Boris was for Remain.'
It was last month revealed that the Duke of Cambridge has been left annoyed that the high-profile presenter sided with his brother Prince Harry.
While phone calls and communication between thein and Bradby in have become commonplace, William, in contrast, is said to no longer trust the high profile journalist who was once a close confidante.
A royal insider revealed: 'The friendship between William and Tom is very much over. The Duke feels let down by Bradby and the way he's acted over the past few months.
'William is a sensitive soul and believes it's in times of crisis when you find out who your true friends are. It would be fair to say Bradby hasn't been one of them.'
Our royal source added: 'The Duke will, of course, remain cordial and professional in his relations with senior media figures, but that special relationship he once had with Bradby is no more. William no longer sees him as a friend.'
Among senior royal aides, there is growing anger at the way Bradby and ITV News seem to have become a mouthpiece for Harry and Meghan's gripes about the Royal Family.
The royal source said: 'Some staff at the Palaces are even angrier about Bradby and the tone of his reporting at ITV News, which they consider to be pro-Harry and Meghan.
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'It's well-known Bradby personally communicates with Harry on a regular basis and that is pretty obvious to royal aides who know how things work.
'But it's been very difficult to accept given the long history between Bradby and William.'
William was once so close with Bradby that he was chosen to conduct the Cambridges' engagement interview.
Bradby went on to attend the nuptials at Westminster Abbey as a guest.
A spokesman for William at the time said: 'The couple asked to record this interview specifically with Mr Bradby, whom they have both known for some time.'
But Bradby was equally close with Harry, attending his Windsor wedding to Meghan, alongside other media figures including Oprah and James Corden.
The friendship with both brothers was solidified during Bradby's time as ITV's royal correspondent.
He travelled with Harry to Lesotho in Africa to make a 2004 documentary.
Bradby's closeness to the brothers then exploded into the public domain as part of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, when details of a call between him and a royal staff member was published in the Sunday newspaper.
Like Harry, Bradby has been publicly open about his mental health issues, revealing he had to take lengthy time off from hosting News at Ten in 2018 after suffering the 'mental health equivalent of a heart attack'.
The Mail on Sunday revealed last month that Bradby has 'significant sway' over how Meghan is portrayed more widely on ITV.
They reported he may have been involved in pointing the Duchess 'in the right direction' over how to complain about Piers Morgan's criticism of her on Good Morning Britain, which resulted in him quitting the show.
A source told the newspaper: 'Tom Bradby has a certain caché at ITV as their news man. He is also the man with the golden goose in the bosses' eyes as he has a hotline to Prince Harry.'
Kensington Palace declined to comment to reports about Bradby's fall out with Prince William, first published by MailOnline.
A spokeswoman for ITV News said: 'Unfortunately at this moment we won't be in a position to comment.'
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