Harry Launches Legal Action Against Newspapers Over Alleged Phone Hackings
Buckingham Palace confirmed Prince Harry has launched legal action against News UK (owner of The Sun) and MGN (former owner of The Mirror) over alleged phone hacking.
Documents have been filed on behalf of the Prince at the High Court regarding the alleged illegal interception of voicemail messages. News Group, which published the News of the World until its closure as well as the Sun, confirmed a claim had been issued.
“We confirm that a claim has been issued by the Duke of Sussex. We have no further comment to make at the current time,” they shared.
The claim comes just days after Harry opened up about the “powerful forces” that led to his mother’s death as he and Meghan announced they were suing the Mail on Sunday newspaper.
On Tuesday, in an emotional statement he spoke candidly about the “bullying” his wife has received.
In full, the statement read: “As a couple, we believe in media freedom and objective, truthful reporting. We regard it as a cornerstone of democracy and in the current state of the world – on every level – we have never needed responsible media more.
“Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son.”
“There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been. Because in today’s digital age, press fabrications are repurposed as truth across the globe.
“One day’s coverage is no longer tomorrow’s chip paper. Up to now, we have been unable to correct the continual misrepresentations – something that these select media outlets have been aware of and have therefore exploited on a daily and sometimes hourly basis.”