The reason Prince Harry refused to carry out one royal engagement – ‘I am NOT going there’

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PRINCE HARRY refused to carry out one royal engagement as he feared a paparazzi backlash, an expert has claimed.

The Duke of Sussex was concerned that photographers may get the wrong idea of his visit while at an Emergency Operations Centre. Angela Levin said that one of the patients was receiving a massage while showing “a rather substantial amount of flesh”. The royal was concerned that this could have a negative impact on the Royal Family should the paparazzi get a snap of it.

In her book, ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’ she wrote: “When Harry is out and about on royal duty he stays totally alert and wary of possible trip-ups.

“For example, in a corner of a room in the Emergency Operations Centre a rotund male paramedic was having a massage and revealing a rather substantial amount of flesh.

“Harry was being led to the massage couch to speak to the physiotherapist but as soon as he saw the paramedic, his eyes opened wide, he spun round and walking in the opposite direction.

“‘I am not going there,’ he said.

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Prince Harry latest news Duke of Sussex makes admission on the royal duty he passed on Image GETTY

Prince Harry latest news: Duke of Sussex makes admission on the royal duty he passed on (Image: GETTY)

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The Duke of Sussex was concerned that photographers may get the wrong idea of his visit Image GETTY

The Duke of Sussex was concerned that photographers may get the wrong idea of his visit (Image: GETTY)

“‘I know too well what the photographers would make of that.’”

Previously, the author said that Harry had managed to connect with veterans better than professional therapists.

She argued that he was able to engage with veterans in a “natural way” due to his time serving in the forces.

Ms Levin says that he used his “own experience” and “instinct” to help the veterans open up about their time serving.

Angela Levin said that one of the patients was receiving a massage Image GETTY
Angela Levin said that one of the patients was receiving a massage Image GETTY

Angela Levin said that one of the patients was receiving a massage (Image: GETTY)

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The Markle family tree Image EXPRESS

The Markle family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

It comes as the author revealed Prince Harry wanted to keep his relationship with Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, out of the public eye initially.

He didn’t want her to be scared of the publicity the relationship would attract.

She wrote: “Harry was keen to keep his burgeoning relationship with Meghan quiet because he didn’t want the publicity to scare her away before they were an established couple.”

They have since become best friends with George and Amal Clooney.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK