Over the years Prince Harry was often thought of as the one royal who could let his guard down and be loose in public. But there are also a few times in which the Duke of Sussex couldn’t quite contain his anger and lost his cool in public.
Here are three times the prince showed that emotion in front of others.
Shoved away camera in Morocco
One time Harry lost his temper in public was during a royal trip to Morocco with his wife, Meghan Markle, in 2019.
The Express reported that a TV cameraman was recording the couple’s visit as they sampled some local cuisines. The dishes were being presented to the duke and duchess by children, and at one point the camera operator accidentally hit one of those kids in the head with the camera.
The publication reported that “Prince Harry swiftly walked behind Meghan Markle and over to the camera and shoved the camera lens backwards. The Duke of Sussex then gestured for the cameraman to back off, with a stern expression on his face. Prince Harry smiled at the child and gave them a pat on the arm to check they were unharmed. It came as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were testing a pigeon pie dish.”
Scolded hotel staffers after they brought him plastics
Another time the duke lost it was when he was staying at hotel while traveling for a polo match. He wasn’t happy the hotel staff brought him plastic and scolded them for it. His good friend and polo star Nacho Figueras revealed on CBS This Morning what happened.
“He was there and we were at the hotel where we spent the night before the game,” Figueras said (per Express). “He talked to a person and said ‘this morning I got my coffee and I saw that you have a plastic thing on the coffee. And then I also sent my shirt and I got my shirt in a big plastic bag.’ Can we please not use the plastic?!”
The Argentine polo player added, “I don’t like to talk about that at all, that’s who he is… No plastic.”
Fury after he and Meghan were ‘shunned’ at royal event
Another time Prince Harry was ticked off with plenty of eyes watching was during the Commonwealth Day Service in 2020. It was the last royal engagement for him and Meghan and the duke looked angry as he walked behind his brother and Kate Middleton through Westminster Abbey.
According to royal biographer and historian for The Crown Robert Lacey, Harry was very upset when he was told that he and Meghan would not be part of the procession that day. The procession usually sees all the senior members of the family follow the queen through Abbey before the service begins.
“When Harry heard that he and Meghan were to be so graphically shunted aside on this final appearance, he was furious,” Lacey wrote in his book Battle of Brothers. “The subservience of a ‘spare’ — one of the basic reasons for this very sad parting of the ways — could not have been more strikingly illustrated.
“The decision had been made without their consultation, and they were informed long after the two thousand orders of service had been printed for guests, with their names notably absent.”