Prince Harry filmed snapping at reporter

 

Footage has emerged of Prince Harry scolding a television reporter for asking a question, just hours before he released an extraordinary rant about the media.

The Duke of Sussex released the unprecedented statement on his personal website this week, complaining of "relentless propaganda" against his wife Meghan Markle.

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He went on to announce the couple are launching legal action against the Mail on Sunday newspaper, which published extracts of a letter written by Meghan to her father, Thomas Markle Senior.

Just hours before the statement, Harry invited the media to a health clinic he was visiting in a remote village in Malawi as part of the couple's African tour, reports The Sun.

He talked to health officials and children suffering from malaria and AIDS before being ushered to a waiting vehicle by palace officials.

But Harry appeared annoyed when he was asked an unscheduled question about the visit as he was whisked away.

British Sky News reporter Rhiannon Mills asked: "That short conversation, what do you hope to achieve through it?"

Harry let out a laugh before responding: "What? Ask them!" and pointed back towards the hospital.

 

He gestured toward the hospital, telling Mills: “Ask them.”
He gestured toward the hospital, telling Mills: “Ask them.”

The reporter followed up: "Is that why it's important for you to come and talk to them?"

At that point, a frustrated Harry gestured for the journalist to move away from him, saying: "Rhiannon, don't behave like this."

 

A fed-up Harry had clearly had enough.
A fed-up Harry had clearly had enough.

It is understood palace officials later told reporters similar conduct would not be tolerated again.

 

 

Twitter users criticised Harry's attitude towards the journalist. One wrote: "'Don't behave like this' … Excuse me, Was she supposed to say, 'Master … Please explain what do you hope to achieve, I beg you Master …' He is rude and arrogant!"

Another added: "Harry is a thoroughly unpleasant, spoiled and arrogant brat."

However, others defended Harry. One said: "You can tell he was trying to be polite. She can clearly see he was trying to get into his car."

Another wrote: "Those who act like she did show that they feel that (they) are entitled to more. Good for Prince Harry."

STATEMENT CLAIMS 'UNLAWFUL' PUBLICATION

Last night we reported how Harry went "rogue" and did not warn officials or consult his father Charles or brother William before releasing the unprecedented statement.

Apparently he wrote it himself - with no guidance from Buckingham Palace or his team of senior advisers.

In a lengthy statement published on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's website, Harry alleged the Mail On Sunday had "unlawfully" published a letter from her to her father Thomas Markle.

Meghan insists the letter - which detailed her pain at their estrangement since the royal wedding - was private.

In a statement revealing the legal action, Harry claimed the couple were suffering from the "painful" impact of "relentless propaganda" against Meghan.

He wrote: "I've seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person.

"I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces."

Harry said he and Meghan believed in "media freedom and objective, truthful reporting" as a "cornerstone of democracy".

But he added: "Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences - a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son.

"There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face - as so many of you can relate to - I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been.

"Because in today's digital age, press fabrications are repurposed as truth across the globe. One day's coverage is no longer tomorrow's chip-paper."

ROYAL COMMENTATORS QUESTION COMMENTS

Prince Charles' biographer Penny Junor said: "This is the most extraordinary statement and goes way beyond anything I have ever seen issued by a member of the royal family.

"I completely understand that Harry should feel protective about his wife, and there have undoubtedly been some negative stories in the last nine months that must have hurt - but not exclusively in the Mail on Sunday - and they have not all been lies, nor I would suggest, part of a ruthless campaign."

Ken Wharfe, who worked for the royals for 16 years and served as Diana's bodyguard from 1988-1993, rubbished Harry's claims.

He said: "This is a monumental misjudgment. Much of what he claims is not true and it's an unfair comparison to bring his mother into it.

"Diana died in a car crash due to a drunken driver and a woefully inexperienced protection officer, under the eyes of Mohamed Fayed.

"The press don't operate in the same way now as they did when Diana was alive - and she did manipulate the media to her own advantage.

"Only 5 per cent of what was written about her was unfair."

The royal couple have been accused of hypocrisy for using private jets and for Harry sailing on a mega yacht while campaigning on climate change.

They were also criticised for spending $4.4 million of taxpayers' cash to refurbish their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor - and keeping some details of baby Archie's birth secret.

British TV host Piers Morgan, 54, described Harry's rant as "hysterically over the top".

The Mail on Sunday publisher Associated Newspapers said it "stands by the story it published and will be defending this case vigorously".

It added: "Specifically, we categorically deny that the Duchess's letter was edited in any way that changed its meaning."

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission



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