Tom Bradby seems like a lovely bloke. He is ITV’s political editor, an accomplished author, and a friend of the Duke of Cambridge. Bradby is so lovely, diplomatic and trustworthy that the Duke and his then-fiance, Catherine Middleton chose him for their only engagement interview on November 16th, 2010.
Bradby and William met in 2005 when the journalist was working as a royal correspondent, and William needed to borrow some video equipment for a project. Their friendship was an odd one, only because the royal family and royal reporters aren’t usually friends.
Yet, Bradby and the Duke forged a relationship based on trust and respect, something that William kept in mind when he asked Bradby to conduct the interview at Clarence House, Catherine’s first time speaking publicly.
“I’m inclined to view my involvement as a bit of a parable. With William, I’ve tried to respect the normal boundaries we expect in most worthwhile human relationships,” Bradby wrote in a piece for the Daily Mail a month after the interview aired. “When something is confidential, I treat it as confidential. When it is private, it’s private. And I’ve generally found that if you do the right thing by people, they do the right thing by you. The world is funny like that.”
Bradby’s wife, Claudia, a jewelry designer who worked alongside Catherine at high street retailer Jigsaw, told her husband that the bride-to-be was “a diamond; kind, loyal, decent, very beautiful. The Royal Family is exceptionally lucky to have her.”
That’s lovely. Just lovely.
It appears that Americans are confusing Bradby (Brad-Bee) with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and that is not a good thing. American-born Brady (Bray-Dee) been suspended for the first four games of the upcoming 2015 regular season due to his alleged involvement in the deflation of footballs during a game won against the Indianapolis Colts.
@tombradby You are are a lying, crying, cheating scumbag
— Victor Rios (@Vrios1555) May 14, 2015
@tombradby – in post game interview, you look like a golf ball wrapped in a pesto & dingleberry tortilla. Please go back to modeling shoes
— marshall johnson (@mediumawesome) November 3, 2014
— Kyle Ferris (@kyfe18) January 9, 2015
Poor Tom (Bradby)
So, I just worked through a really exciting election and my timeline as a result has…an awful lot of Tom Brady on it. Sighs. — tom bradby (@tombradby) May 11, 2015
The funny thing is I do sometimes genuinely puzzle now over whether the abuse is actually intended for me or for Tom Brady. — tom bradby (@tombradby) May 19, 2015
I also feel bad for this rugby player, Tom Brady, because his account is also verified. Alas, what else can you do but GET EXCITED FOR DISNEY!
Here’s part I of Bradby’s 2010 interview with William and Catherine. Let’s remember him for his discretion and boyishly good looks, and not crucify him because we as a nation are more or less illiterate.