– After emotional interviews from ITV’s documentary about Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s royal tour of southern Africa, ITV’s Tom Bradby spoke about his behind-the-scenes experience shooting the doc.
– Bradby said he knew beforehand “that everything wasn’t entirely rosy” with Meghan and Harry, and that he found the royal couple to be “a bit bruised and vulnerable.”
Although Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry may have seemed content during their royal tour of southern Africa, they were apparently hurting behind the scenes.
Tom Bradby, who worked to produce ITV’s documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey during the tour, spoke with ABC about how he viewed the royal couple.
“I suppose I just told the story that was in front of me, really,” Bradby said during the interview. “Anything like this is always storytelling, as you know. And I went intending to make a documentary that was always gonna be about their work in Africa and then a little bit about where they are at in life. And I knew that everything wasn’t entirely rosy behind the scenes.”
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In interview snippets that ITV released, both Meghan and Harry discussed the emotional toll of being in a very publicized relationship, with the duchess even telling Bradby during an interview, “I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried, I really tried. But I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging.”
According to Bradby, the couple’s pain was palpable. “I think the reality I found was just a couple that just seemed a bit bruised and vulnerable,” Bradby said. “I think with mental health…we have to be very careful with what words you use, but that was the story I found. And it seemed the right journalistic thing to do, to try and tell that story as empathetically as I could. And you know as well as I do, as a journalist, there are different moments. And that just felt like the approach I should take on this occasion.”
Harry & Meghan: An African Journey airs in the U.S. tonight, at 10 p.m. ET, on ABC.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s’ BAZAAR US.