Prince Harry’s angry outburst after reporter ‘kicked wasps’s nest’ with question

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In a BBC documentary broadcast last night about Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationships with the media, one reporter from Sky News recalled an incident where Harry gave her short shrift for asking a question

Prince Harry's angry outburst at Sky News royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills
Prince Harry’s angry outburst at Sky News royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills

A royal correspondent who faced an angry outburst from Prince Harry after asking him a question says she “kicked a wasps’ nest” without realising it.

Last night, BBC documentary The Princes and The Press looked at the relationships between Harry and his older brother Prince William with the media.

It also charted the coverage of Harry and his wife Meghan Markle from their wedding in May 2018 until they quit the Royal Family and left the UK to start a new life in the United States.

During the documentary, the royal press pack who featured on it suggested Harry and Meghan’s tour of Southern Africa in 2019 was a turning point for the Sussexes and their royal lives.

Prince Harry’s angry outburst at Sky News royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills
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And Sky News royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills recalled an exchange in Malawi with Harry where she called out to ask him a question while he was on an engagement – and was given short shrift.

She admitted she was “slightly pushing her luck” by calling out to ask a question and noted: “He doesn’t stop and give me a full interview but he acknowledges me or whatever. This one played out quite differently.”

Mills said that by calling out to ask a question to Harry, she had “kicked the wasps’ nest”
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The documentary then showed the exchange with Mills asking Harry as he left an engagement after talking to some young people: “What do you hope to achieve through this?”

Harry responds by saying: “What? Ask them.”

Mills asks again: “Is that why it is important to come here and talk to them?”

To which Harry snaps: “Rhiannon, don’t behave like this.”

Mills told the documentary: “Most people look at it and think, well hang on, it was a polite question, why did it blow up?

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“But looking back at it now, I had basically kicked the wasps’ nest and I didn’t realise it.”

Shortly after the couple’s return to the UK, a documentary aired on ITV detailing their trip.

In it, Harry talked about his rift with William for the first time, while new mum Meghan revealed nobody had asked her if she was OK.

Harry gives a speech in Johannesburg during the Africa tour in 2019
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Afterwards, it was revealed that Meghan and Harry would be taking several weeks off from royal duties and they later spent Christmas 2019 in Canada.

Just weeks later, following the Sandringham Summi t, it was revealed the pair would be stepping down as senior royals and they’ve since carved out a life for themselves and their children in the United States.

Since moving to the US, Harry has only returned to the UK twice – once for the funeral of Prince Philip and again for the unveiling of a statue of his late mother Princess Diana.

Meghan and son Archie are yet to come back, while six-month-old Lilibet was born in the United States and has never been to Britain.

And according to reports, they will not be coming to the UK to join the Queen for her first Christmas without the late Prince Philip next month either.

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