A warning from Kensington Palace is said to have prompted a British television station to edit at the last minute a documentary on the tense relationship between Prince William and his brother.
ITV and documentary producer Spun Gold edited part of a Harper’s Bazaar “royal editor” commentary that existed in an earlier version seen by reporters, according to media reports.
The editor claimed that a source linked to Prince William’s office expressed concerns over Prince Harry’s mental health after comments Harry made in a 2019 interview about the brothers’ relationship, saying they were “certainly on different paths”.
The BBC reported at the time that a source from Kensington Palace told the network after ITV’s interview with Harry and his wife Meghan Markle that Prince William hoped the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “okay” And that the couple was feared “in a fragile place”.
In the previous version of the documentary “Harry and William: What went wrong?” – which was seen by reporters – the editor of Harper’s Bazaar and author of a book on Harry and Meghan Omid Scobie said: “I would say it was no coincidence if it was soon after [interview] broadcast, even the next day, that there were quotes from sources from a senior Kensington Palace official who claimed William was worried about his brother’s mental health.
Kensington Palace warned ITV and the producer that the complaint was potentially libelous, the Daily Mail first reported.
Kensington Palace has not commented on the story.
In the version of the documentary which first aired publicly on Sunday, Scobie’s comment “about his brother’s sanity” is changed to “about his brother.”
ITV reporter Tom Bradby’s 2019 interview with Harry and Meghan in South Africa as they toured there included heartbreaking revelations from the couple foreshadowing their dramatic sit-down with Oprah Winfrey in the US United earlier this year in which they addressed racism in the UK and even the Royal Family, and Markle opened up about her thoughts of suicide.
When Bradby asked in the interview how she was doing, the clearly emotional Markle bit back tears as she thanked him for the question because “few people” had asked him the question. She revealed in a podcast the following year that it was a “moment of vulnerability.”
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