UK court dismisses ‘deal’ between royals and media in Prince Harry hacking case

UK court dismisses ‘deal’ between royals and media in Prince Harry hacking case

Prince Harry’s legal battle against British tabloids faced a setback when the High Court in London ruled that there was no secret deal between Buckingham Palace and Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper group regarding phone-hacking allegations. However, Harry can proceed with part of his lawsuit against News Group Newspapers (NGN) over invasions of privacy by its tabloids, the Sun and the now-defunct News of the World. This is one of four cases that Harry, who now resides in California with his wife Meghan and their children, is pursuing against British publishers. He sees these lawsuits as a mission to hold tabloid executives accountable for their wrongdoing, which he believes has damaged his personal relationships and contributed to the death of his mother, Princess Diana.

NGN had argued that Harry’s claims should be dismissed due to the six-year time limit for legal action. In 2012, the newspaper group issued an apology for widespread hacking by journalists at the News of the World, which was subsequently shut down. However, NGN has consistently denied any wrongdoing by staff at the Sun. Harry’s lawyers argued that he hadn’t made a claim earlier because of a “secret agreement” between Buckingham Palace and NGN to avoid embarrassment. They also claimed that his brother, Prince William, had settled a phone-hacking claim against NGN for a significant sum.

In the court ruling, Judge Timothy Fancourt agreed that the phone-hacking allegations were made too late and that there was insufficient evidence to support the existence of a secret deal. However, he allowed the rest of Harry’s claims regarding obtaining confidential details through deception and other invasions of privacy to proceed to trial in January next year. Fancourt stated that it was difficult to determine a clear winner between Harry and NGN.

NGN celebrated the ruling as a significant victory and stated that there was never any secret agreement, contrary to Harry’s assertions. The Palace declined to comment on the matter. Since stepping down from royal duties, Harry has focused on challenging the British press, which he believes has intruded on his private life and spread falsehoods about him and his loved ones. He has also criticized his own family, accusing them of planting stories in the media to enhance their reputations or divert attention from their own wrongdoing.

In June, Harry made history by giving evidence in court as part of his lawsuit against Mirror Group Newspapers. His actions have divided British opinion, with some disapproving of his distancing from the royal family and viewing him as attention-seeking, while others applaud his efforts to confront an unethical media and challenge outdated establishment attitudes.

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