Inside Harry’s bitter row with journalist that hinted at imminent US Megxit move

Many were shocked when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were stepping back from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family in January 2020.

Despite saying in their statement that they planned to split their time between the UK and North America, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have only returned for a handful of brief spells since they jetted off in March that year.

However, just three months before on October 1, 2019 – three years to this day – Harry got in a row that signified his time in the Royal Family was coming to an end.

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The Sussexes were on a tour in southern Africa, visiting a health centre in Malawi at the time of the incident.

Harry had told a group of young people to "hold on to your dreams" in a talk at the clinic, before Sky News royal reporter Rhiannon Mills asked an unscheduled question as he was being whisked into a car.

"That short conversation, what do you hope to achieve through it?"

He replied laughingly: "What? Ask them."

The reporter asked again: "Is that why it's important for you to come and talk to them?"

"Rhiannon, don't behave like this," Harry said sternly.

Harry and Meghan's departure from royal life came 99 days after that row.

Recounting the moment in the BBC documentary The Princes and the Press, Mills said she'd "kicked the wasps nest".

She explained: "Most people looked at it and thought, well, hang on, it was a polite question. Why did it blow up?

"But looking back at it now, I had basically kicked the wasps' nest."

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The confrontation took place hours before Harry released a statement accusing media outlets of "relentless propaganda" and "bullying", adding that he feared Meghan had fallen victim to the "same powerful forces" as Princess Diana.

That statement came after the Sussexes announced Meghan had decided to take legal action against the Mail on Sunday for publishing a letter sent to her father.

Meghan went on to win her case against Associated Newspapers after the Mail on Sunday was found to have invaded her privacy.

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