Harry and Meghan’s engagement on Monday was a source of great joy across the world, but in one small corner of central London it provoked a scene of huge tension.
The ITV Newsroom was not a happy place. Anchor Tom Bradby couldn’t quite contain his irritation that he wasn’t chosen to do the all-important interview with the happy couple. After all, he’s close mates with Harry’s brother William and has been the chosen vessel for all the Wills and Kate exclusives.
Sources say it wasn’t a calculated snub. The Palace just felt, firstly, that they should give this one to the BBC for a change; and secondly, that talking to a non-white, non-male interviewer (i.e. Mishal Husain) would be better “brand positioning” for the couple.
Ever the professional, Bradby recovered his composure quickly enough to write an arse-licky comment piece for the Evening Standard within 24 hours though – just to make sure everyone knew he still had the inside track.