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Harry ‘glowered’ at press then made brutal comment after tour, expert claims

Prince Harry spent a royal visit to Australia and New Zealand “staring daggers” at the media that accompanied the visit with Meghan Markle, a royal journalist has claimed.

Since the death of his mother Princess Diana in 1997, Harry’s conflicts with the press have been well-documented.

Recently, attending a virtual summit on the online world, the prince condemned the word ‘Megxit’, which he claimed had been invented by trolls before being amplified by the mainstream media.

Now, new BBC documentary 'The Princes and the Press' has delved into the Royal Family's turbulent relationship with the media.

In one moment, an expert claimed that Harry received more coverage than Prince William because his name sold more newspapers.

And, in another clip, royal experts described the Duke of Sussex’s frosty reception to their presence during one of his first international tours with Meghan.

In October 2018, Harry and Meghan embarked on a royal tour of Australia and New Zealand, and The Times’ royal correspondent Valentine Low noted: “Harry had been pretty grumpy on that tour.

“There was a long, and incredibly boring welcome ceremony in Fiji. And it was very interesting watching them both, because Meghan was sitting just absolutely perfect on a little throne, Harry was just glowering.

“He was cross with the media, and he spent the entire welcome ceremony just diverting his gaze to one side just to stare daggers at the press pack.”

Attempting to rationalise why Harry had behaved so negatively towards the media members, the BBC’s Jonny Diamond pointed to his historic antipathy towards them.

“He [Harry] can’t bear the media. He has a visceral reaction to cameras, to notebooks, to journalists,” he suggested.

And, Valentine even went so far as to provide an example of an instance when Harry allegedly directly confronted the media while in the air.

The journalist described how they were on the plane back to Sydney from Tonga when Harry was persuaded by his team to speak to the members of the media on board.

“He came back, and said something to the effect of, ‘thanks very much for coming guys – not that you were invited',” he claimed.

Again, Jonny suggested that this was an almost innate reaction on the part of the prince, saying: “He did it not because he thought, ‘I’m going to go back and insult them, he did it because he went back, he saw us, and he just [gestures to vomit] like that, because it is absolutely built into him.”

The BBC approached Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Kensington Palace for comment. A joint statement read: “A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.

"However, too often overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”

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