In a significant legal development, Prince Harry has reached an out-of-court settlement with Mirror Group Newspapers, a UK tabloid publisher, over allegations of phone hacking and privacy invasion. The settlement comes after a court ruling in December awarded Prince Harry £140,000 in damages, confirming that Mirror Group Newspapers engaged in phone hacking during the 1990s, with senior executives allegedly complicit in covering it up.
Under the terms of the settlement, Mirror Group Newspapers has agreed to cover Prince Harry’s legal costs and make an interim payment of £400,000 ($505,000). This resolution marks a significant step in Prince Harry’s ongoing battle against media intrusion and unlawful practices.
Speaking through his lawyer, Prince Harry expressed satisfaction with the court’s ruling and emphasized the importance of upholding the rule of law, calling for accountability, even at the highest levels. He specifically singled out former editor Piers Morgan for his continued disregard for the court’s judgment.
Mirror Group Newspapers responded to the settlement by issuing an apology for historical wrongdoing and expressing a commitment to move forward with clarity and responsibility. A spokesperson for the publisher reiterated their apology and stated their intention to learn from past mistakes.
This settlement is part of Prince Harry’s broader campaign against media intrusion, which he has pursued vigorously in defense of his own privacy and that of his family. The Duke of Sussex has been vocal in criticizing the UK press for its treatment of him, his late mother Princess Diana, and his wife Meghan Markle.
Notably, Prince Harry’s legal battles extend beyond Mirror Group Newspapers, with ongoing cases against other UK media outlets, including The Sun and Daily Mail, over similar allegations of unlawful snooping.
This latest development underscores Prince Harry’s determination to hold the media accountable and protect the privacy and dignity of himself and his loved ones in the face of relentless scrutiny.
Sources By Agencies