Prince Harry ‘stormed off in a huff’ at royal fan’s Xmas request, book claims

Prince Harry "stormed off in a huff" after a royal fan made a well-intentioned Christmas request, a royal expert claimed.

In her bombshell book The Palace Papers, journalist Tina Brown recalled the rather unfestive moment the Duke of Sussex was approached by a fan while with then-girlfriend Cressida Bonas – and said the incident may have contributed to the demise of their relationship.

The pair were visiting Cressida's family and had hunkered down in a pub in Kidlington, just outside Oxford, for lunch.

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She wrote: "Suddenly as they were leaving, this quite elderly, sweet-looking gentleman came out and said: 'Oh, sir, so sorry, I know it’s Christmas time, but could I just take a photograph to give to my wife who isn’t well?'

"And so Cressida opened her mouth and said: 'Oh, of course.' And Harry said: 'Get out of my way' and went bright red in the face and stormed off in a huff."

Brown said this wasn't the only time Cressida and Harry clashed during their on-off romance, which lasted for two years after the couple were introduced by Princess Eugenie.

A similar incident saw the Firm question whether the relationship would go the distance after it left Cressida doubting whether she could stomach royal life, the Daily Express reported.

Brown wrote: "A family friend told me she knew the relationship wouldn’t last when there was a blow-up on Valentine’s Day.

"En route to the restaurant, they were driving down Kensington High Street when Harry got word that there was a photographer lying in wait.

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"He slammed on the brakes, did a spin turn in the middle of the street and gunned it back to Nott Cott for a Valentine’s night of pizza."

Brown added that the two incidents gave Cressida "serious qualms" about a life with the Duke of Sussex, and the then-flourishing actress also had her fears that marrying Harry could be potentially damaging to her career.

Snaps of Prince William and Kate Middleton touring Australia and New Zealand with the then eight-month-old Prince George are also said to have scared Cressida, as she reportedly found the thought of bringing a future child into royal life "unimaginable".

Cressida and Harry eventually parted ways after the Prince's former squeeze decided she didn't want to be a royal wife, but before their split she was the first to encourage Harry to speak to a therapist about his mental health, Brown's book added.

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The pair have remained friends, with Cressida even attending Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle.

And though Harry seems to be happy with his new life in America, the paparazzi continued to spook him even after he met his former Suits star spouse.

In the new Netflix documentary, simply titled Harry & Meghan, the pair share a moment they had to take a longer route by car to avoid the cameras – and both seemed exasperated by the prospect.

Explaining his hatred of the limelight, Harry said in Episode Two of the six-part series: "Back in my mum's days, it was physical harassment.

"They had cameras in your face, following you, chasing you.

"Paparazzi still harass people. The harassment really exists more online now.

"Once the photographs are out and the story is then put next to it, then comes the social media harassment.

"To see another woman in my life who I love, go through this feeding frenzy. That's hard."


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