Laura Whitmore has criticised a photographer for taking pictures of her and boyfriend Iain Stirling at an airport in South Africa while they asked for "some privacy".

The Love Island host landed in Cape Town on Thursday and was greeted by her partner Stirling, who is a narrator on the show. 

It was the first time they had seen one another since the death of their friend and former Love Island host Caroline Flack.

A man began taking photos of them reuniting, despite Whitmore requesting that he stop.

Taking to Twitter, she wrote: "I landed in Cape Town this morning and it is the first time I've been with Iain since Caroline passed away. It's been really hard being apart.

"At the airport a photographer took pictures of us both and we tried to ignore it but he continued to follow us as we got coffee and left the building.

"So I asked him would he stop as he had what he wanted. I said we were mourning a friend and could he allow us space.

"He said 'can you give me a reaction. It's a public space and I can take pictures if I want'."

Whitmore added: "I have never courted the paparazzi but understand at work events it comes with the territory. But this morning was too much. Iain filmed him and he didn't like it.

"I don't like attacking people but we need to call people out when they do things like this. Iain and I just wanted some privacy."

The Bray-born TV star also posted a video of the incident which was filmed by Stirling.

It is not illegal in South Africa to photograph someone without their permission, provided they are in a public space.

In a follow-up tweet, Whitmore said: "It doesn't matter who specifically the photographer was I posted about earlier. He could be one of so many. But it is a culture that has got out of hand and it is only by showing it, we can change it."

Last Sunday, Whitmore paid emotional tribute to Flack on her BBC Five Live radio show.