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Meghan Markle: Behind-the-scenes details of her 'explosive' interview revealed

Meghan Markle: Behind-the-scenes details of her explosive ITV interview with Tom Bradby in South Africa in 2019

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Gemma Strong
Online Digital News Director
5 April 2023
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's fallout with the royal family is well-documented – not least because of his explosive memoir Spare and their tell-all Netflix show.

And royal fans had a sign of things to come back in 2019 when Meghan spoke to Tom Bradby during the couple's royal visit to South Africa. You can watch Tom talk about the Harry and William's strained relationship in the clip below...

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ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey followed the newlyweds’ tour of part of the continent and marked the first time Meghan had shared her unhappiness.

She became visibly emotional in front of presenter Tom Bradby as she admitted her past year as a member of the royal family had been "hard".

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in South Africa in 2019© Pool
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in South Africa in 2019

Now, former ITN editorial director Chris Shaw has reflected on the broadcaster's headline-grabbing interview with the Duchess, saying the "little conversation in South Africa" seemed "so outlandishly unexpected and shocking".

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Mr Shaw, who announced his departure from the company in January after 25 years, also said there is a "contradiction" between the Sussexes' desire for privacy and their willingness to speak about their private lives.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Queen's jubilee celebrations in 2022© Getty Images
Meghan made headlines after speaking to Tom Bradby

Speaking to Deadline, Mr Shaw was asked whether the team behind the programme instantly knew the footage was "explosive".

He said: "That little conversation in South Africa seemed so outlandishly unexpected and shocking … we knew we had something pretty extraordinary."

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Harry and Meghan went on to step back from royal duties and move to Montecito – before publicly criticising members of the royal family.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 09, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)© Gareth Cattermole
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Mr Shaw added: "I feel a bit sorry for them because I think they're in the eye of the most appalling storm and they didn't mean to go there."

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It's still not known whether Meghan and Harry will attend the King's coronation on 6 May – although, it seems, they have now sent their RSVP.

Royal watchers are speculating that either Harry will attend by himself, or with wife Meghan. An appearance from their children Archie and Lilibet seems increasingly unlikely, particularly in light of the fact Harry has said he believes it is "too dangerous" to bring his children to the UK. 

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