Harry made ‘spectacularly rude’ comment on South Pacific tour, new book claims


Royal author Valentine Low has claimed the Duke of Sussex made the remark to journalists while on a tour of the South Pacific with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Mr Low, writing in ‘Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown’, says the Sussexes appeared when the plane landed with Harry “sounding rushed”, telling reporters: “Thanks for coming.”

Harry then reportedly said: “Even though you weren’t invited.”

An extract from the work, published by Headline Books on October 6, reads: “This was spectacularly rude — and incorrect. The media had been invited to cover the tour.”


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The Duke’s staff later told him “how badly” the comment had been received to which Harry reportedly replied: “Well, you shouldn’t have made me do it.”

Harry has had a fraught relationship with the media, having said previously he feared history was repeating itself.

The remark is understood to have been a reference to his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, who was subject to intense media attention.

Diana died in Paris in 1997 when Harry was only 12.visit Redwoods Tree Walk on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand

Harry and Meghan visit Redwoods Tree Walk in Rotorua, New Zealand (Image: Getty)


Harry and Meghan visit an exhibition of Tongan handicrafts during the South Pacific tour (Image: Getty)

The Duke of Sussex has said: “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.

“There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour, because it destroys people and destroys lives.

“Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people.

“We all know this isn’t acceptable, at any level. We won’t and can’t live in a world where there is no accountability for this.”

At the start of Harry and Meghan’s relationship, the couple were celebrated in the press, but newspapers were not given the level of access they were used to when they married, prompting some discontent in the media.

Meghan has said she avoids newspapers and Twitter, telling a panel at an event at King’s College, London: “I don’t read anything. It’s much safer that way.”

Close friends of the Duchess also broke their silence to say Meghan had suffered “lies”, “untruths” and “global bullying”.


Harry and Meghan on a walkabout outside Windsor Castle (Image: Getty)

Harry has also criticised social media, saying two years ago that it stokes a crisis of hate.

He urged companies at that time to reconsider advertising on digital platforms.

In an op-ed for business magazine Fast Company, Harry said he and Meghan had spent time speaking to business leaders and marketing executives over the issue.

He wrote: “Companies like yours have the chance to reconsider your role in funding and supporting online platforms that have contributed to, stoked, and created the conditions for a crisis of hate, a crisis of health, and a crisis of truth.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been approached for comment.


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