29 SEPTEMBER 2003
Prince Harry's gap year has got off to a choppy start, with complaints over press intrusion and the financing of the trip marring his first few days on a cattle ranch in the outback.
Royal aides moved swiftly to find a solution after Mark Dyer, who is accompanying Harry, complained about photographers at the perimeter fence and press helicopters overhead. He said that the Prince "might as well come home".
He described Harry, who was obliged to stay indoors after snappers managed to photograph him branding a cow, as being "in pieces" because of the unwelcome attention.
As a result, the Palace has decided to invite a film crew onto the ranch to shoot some footage of Harry which will then be released to satisfy the intense public interest.
And for those concerned over the cost of the three-month stay, it has emerged that the Prince will be paying for it himself, out of the trust fund left to him by his mother, Princess Diana. The same system was used for his brother Prince William's trip to Chile in his gap year.