The Duke of Sussex appeared to to show signs of being fed up with the British media when he was with Meghan Markle in South Africa in 2019 according to reports.
And Sky News’ reporter Rhiannon Mills says she felt she “kicked the wasp’s nest” after Harry took a dislike to her question about his work life during a stop to Malawi.
BBC documentary The Princes and the Press shows Prince Harry doing his best to ignore Rhiannon after she asked him questions before he hit out: “Don’t behave like this.”
Rhiannon who admitted doorstepping the Royal Family is usually a “no-no” said she used to get a more positive reaction from Harry.
She explained: “He doesn’t stop and give me a full interview but he acknowledges me or whatever. This one played out quite differently.”
She asked Prince Harry at the end of a meeting “what do you hope to achieve through this?” and the Duke did his best to avoid her.
He was seen at first heading straight for his car before turning back towards her and laughingly saying: “What? Ask them.”
However as Rhiannon asked again about the importance of talking to local communities, Prince Harry didn’t look best pleased and said: “Don’t behave like this.”
Rhiannon said of the confrontation: “Most people looked at it and thought, well, hang on, it was a polite question.
“Why did it blow up? But looking back at it now, I had basically kicked the wasps’ nest.”
Following their return from South Africa Harry and Meghan said they would be taking a six-week break to spend time with their son Archie.
Shortly afterwards a documentary about their experience on the tour showed the first cracks in the couple’s relationship with the Royal Family when ITV reporter Tom Bradby, discussed with the Duchess of Sussex the struggle she had been facing of the pressure of royal life.