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Did Tom Bradby ask Prince Harry ‘the tough questions’?

Prince Harry and Tom Bradby in Harry: The Interview (Credit: ITV)

Poor old Tom Bradby. He got the interview that everyone wants to watch – the first sit-down with Prince Harry about his new book, which aired tonight on ITV – and his fellow journalists all hate him for being a frightful suck-up. We must all be jealous. Mr S, certainly, would kill for Bradby levels of access. 

Kelvin MacKenzie summed up the bitter mood among the Fourth Estate: 

Mr S bows to nobody in his reverence for ‘dirty Mac’ – a tabloid genius, in many ways. But that seems harsh. Bradby tried to challenge Harry at times. He suggested that Harry might be stuck in the past, that he might have a simplistic understanding of the media, and that he might be guilty of infringing his family’s privacy while complaining about the attacks on his own. 

But the Duke of Sussex’s doublethink is disorienting at the best of times. ‘100 per cent,’ he often said in reply to a Bradby gist, before then appearing to make precisely the opposite point. 

Harry went to lengths to distinguish between racism – Meghan never accused the royal family of, apparently – and ‘unconscious bias’, about which he and Meghan felt ‘concern’. The latter is something Harry believes he has gotten over but his family still suffers from. He will only enlighten them, we understand, after they have accepted their flaws. ‘There has to be accountability,’ he said, repeatedly. It’s complicated. 

Harry is prickly, too, as everybody knows by now.

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