KEY POINTS

  • Prince William has ended his friendship with reporter Tom Bradby because the duke feels he can no longer trust him, a report says
  • Bradby became friends with Princes William and Harry after becoming ITV's royal correspondent
  • He interviewed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for the 2019 documentary "Harry & Meghan: An African Journey"

Prince William has cut off longtime reporter pal, Tom Bradby, after the latter sided with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle amid the royals' much-publicized rift, according to a report.

Bradby, who hosts ITV's "News At Ten," has become increasingly close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after he spoke with them in 2019 for the documentary of their royal tour of southern Africa, New York Post's Page Six reported. Prince Harry first admitted to Bradby in the doc his falling-out with his brother, while Markle hinted at the struggles she faced within the royal family.

"William can’t trust Tom," an unnamed source told the outlet. "Tom has tried to be friends with both Harry and William, but to my mind it doesn’t come across like Tom is an honest broker."

"The brothers don’t need some person in the middle — without knowing if they can trust them — when they can speak to each other directly," the insider continued.

International Business Times could not independently verify the information. Reps for Bradby did not respond to Page Six's requests for comment, while ITCV declined to comment. A rep for the Sussexes was unavailable for comment when the outlet reached out to them.

Dan Wootton also claimed in an article for the Daily Mail that Prince William no longer trusts Bradby, who was once his close confidante, as he felt let down by his actions in the past few months. He quoted unnamed palace sources as saying that Bradby and Prince William have a long history so ending their friendship was difficult.

Bradby became friends with Prince William and Prince Harry after becoming ITV's royal correspondent, Page Six noted. He was even given the first interview with Prince William and Kate Middleton after the royals got engaged in 2010.

His wife, Claudia, also worked with Middleton at British fashion brand Jigsaw before the latter became duchess.

In 2019, Bradby opened up about his thoughts on Prince Harry and Markle following his interviews with them for the ITV documentary "Harry & Meghan: An African Journey."

"I suppose I just told the story that was in front of me, really," Bradby told ABC News. "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."

According to Bradby, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's pain was obvious when he spoke to them.

"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."

During their chat with Bradby, Markle had hinted at how unhappy she has been since marrying into the royal family.

"I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip," she said. "I tried, I really tried. But I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging."

Prince William Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Prince William, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London. Photo: Getty Images/Eddie Mulholland