The week a royal rift broke beyond palace walls

London (CNN)It was billed as a behind-the-scenes look at their recent royal tour in southern Africa. Instead the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's documentary confirmed what many had suspected for quite some time: a rift within the royal family.

The documentary, which aired last Sunday night in the UK, saw Harry and Meghan reveal how they have been handling their royal duties amid intense media scrutiny.

In one candid chat with ITV reporter Tom Bradby, the duchess revealed that her British friends had actually warned her against marrying the prince. Barely holding back tears, the new mom also admitted the year since she joined the royal family had been difficult to cope with.

But it was the duke's remarks that started a chain reaction of royal family drama played out in tit-for-tat briefings from royal insiders and unseen in British newspapers since the Diana years.

"We are certainly on different paths at the moment, but I will always be there for him, and as I know he will always be there for me," Harry said when asked about media speculation of an estrangement with his older brother, William.


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