Following a warning from Kensington Palace, a British
TV channel reportedly made a last-minute change to a documentary
about Prince William
and his brother's strained relationship.
According to media
reports, ITV and documentary producer Spun Gold cut a comment from Harper's Bazaar's "royal editor" that was present in an earlier version seen by journalists
According to the editor, a source connected to Prince William's office expressed concerns about Prince Harry
's mental health
following remarks Harry made in a 2019 interview
about the brothers' relationship, saying that they were "certainly on different paths."
reported at the time that a Kensington Palace source told the network after the ITV interview with Harry and Meghan Markle
that Prince William hoped the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
were "all right," and that there was concern that the couple was "in a fragile place."
In an earlier version of the documentary “Harry and William: What Went Wrong?” that reporters saw, Harper’s Bazaar editor and author of a book
on Harry and Meghan, Omid Scobie, said: “I would say that it was no coincidence that it was shortly after that [interview] aired, even the next day, that there were source quotes that came from a senior aide at Kensington Palace that said that
The Daily Mail
was the first to report that Kensington Palace had warned ITV and the producer that the claim could be defamatory.
Kensington Palace has not yet responded to the report.
Scobie's comment "about his brother's mental health" is changed to "about his brother" in the version of the documentary that was first shown to the public on Sunday.
The 2019 interview with Harry and Meghan in South Africa
by ITV journalist Tom Bradby, while they were on tour there, included early upsetting revelations from the couple that foreshadowed their dramatic sit down with Oprah Winfrey
in the United States
earlier this year, in which they addressed racism
in the United Kingdom
and even within the royal family
, and Markle discussed her suicidal thoughts.
When Bradby asked how she was during the interview, the clearly emotional Markle fought back tears as she thanked him for the question because "not many people
" had asked her, revealing the following year in a podcast
that it was a "moment of vulnerability."
"Not many people have asked if I'm okay... it's a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes." Meghan reveals to ITV's @tombradby that the intense media spotlight has left her struggling to cope while becoming a mother #HarryAndMeghan https://t.co/Uy21iE6ozJ
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(@itvnews) October 18, 2019