Footage of Princess Diana Going ‘Mama Bear’ on Paparazzi Shows Exactly Why Prince Harry Is Protective of His Kids

With yesterday’s premiere of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan, came several powerful, painful, and poignant insights into their lives as individuals and as a couple — one of which being exactly why they’re so adamant about shielding their children from the media.

In the first episode of the limited series, Harry shared his experience with the UK press as a kid, saying, “Paparazzi used to harass [myself, my brother, and my cousins] to the point of where we had to be forced into smiling and answering questions to the traveling press pack. And that made me feel really uncomfortable from the get-go.”

He specifically recalled a ski trip they had gone on with his mother, Princess Diana, explaining, “The deal was, we put our skis on, and then they’d leave us alone.” He paused, then said, “Well, yeah, some of them would. But then the other ones would just follow us around, either taking photographs or just waiting for an accident to happen and then pull out their cameras. So it was never fair and it never worked.”

Speaking with reverence for his late mum, the prince said, “My mom did such a good job in trying to protect us. She took it upon herself to basically confront these people.”

A paparazzi’s recording from the ski trip rolled, showing Diana marching up to him. “Please leave,” she begged. “As a parent, could I ask you to respect my children’s space?,” she pleaded as she pressed her hands to the man’s camera lens. She continued, “I brought the children out here for a holiday and we’d really appreciate the space.”

The man initially agrees to her request, then backtracks and asks her if they could just pose for some skiing shots, “then we can totally leave you alone.” Diana firmly says, “No, we’ve had 15 cameras following us today.” The man argues that he “wasn’t one of them,” and the princess sticks to her guns, saying, “As a parent, I want to protect the children. Thank you,” before walking away.

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