Tom struck up a friendship with Prince William and Prince Harry years ago, when he became a royal correspondent. "They really hated the media at the time because they felt that certainly the paparazzi were directly to blame for their mother's death. They were really, really angry about that, and people around them were trying to say, 'Look, not everyone has three heads and breathes fire,'" Tom says. "So we sort of got together, started having lunch, and I think the idea was to try and convince them that not everyone was bad, and I really stuck to some quite simple principles which is that , yes, I'm a reporter. [But] you're a human being first. If they said something in confidence, I kept it in confidence, so we built a bit of a relationship that way."
Though William and Harry have perhaps grown less angry about the media in general, Tom says both men are most riled up when they feel their mother's memory is being threatened or when their loved ones are being subject to similar media treatment. "[William] is very, very protective of [Kate]. He really does have this sort of driving sense that he wants things to be different. He saw what happened to his mother and to his father. It all went horribly wrong," Tom says. "He's absolutely determined that, yes, he'll accept all this, he'll do his bit, but he's not prepared to trade that for domestic happiness."
That domestic happiness will include low-key nights like any married couple might have, Tom says. "He comes home, she cooks him dinner and they put their feet up and watch the telly," he says."That's what they do most evenings. They're very keen to continue to do that."