London High Court Judge Allows Lawsuit to Proceed
A London High Court judge has ruled that Prince Harry’s lawsuit against the publisher of The Sun tabloid will go to trial. The Duke of Sussex has alleged that the newspaper used unlawful methods to gather information about him, including hacking his phone and using deception. Despite attempts by the newspaper to have the case thrown out, the judge rejected their argument and allowed Harry to proceed with his claims.
Claims of Phone Hacking and Unlawful Intrusions
Prince Harry has accused News Group Newspapers, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, of hacking his phone and gathering information on him through the use of investigators and deception. While the judge agreed with the newspapers’ argument that Harry should have brought the case sooner due to his knowledge of the phone hacking scandal, he did allow him to proceed with claims related to other unlawful intrusions, such as the use of private investigators.
Denial of a Secret Agreement
Avoidance of Embarrassing Voicemails
According to Prince Harry, the rationale behind the alleged secret agreement was to avoid exposing members of the royal family to embarrassing voicemails intercepted by reporters. However, without concrete evidence of the agreement, this aspect of his case was not taken into consideration by the judge.
One of Three Phone Hacking Lawsuits
This lawsuit is one of three phone hacking lawsuits that Prince Harry has initiated against British tabloid publishers in his ongoing battles with the press. The decision to proceed to trial comes shortly after Harry’s testimony in another lawsuit against the publishers of the Daily Mirror, where he became the first senior member of the royal family to testify in a court in over a century.
(Note: This report is published by an undisclosed source, and is owned by News Corp.)