Prince Harry brings phone hacking claims against the Mirror and the Sun

4 10 2019

The website, Byline Investigates, has revealed that Prince Harry is suing the Sun and the Daily Mirror for phone hacking.  The claims were issued in the Chancery Division on 27 September 2019.

It appears that the claims concern both phone hacking and “blagging” of private information by both newspapers over a period of years including the period when Piers Morgan was editor of the Daily Mirror. The Duke of Sussex is represented by Clintons.

A large number of phone hacking claims have been brought against News Group Newspapers as publishers of the News of the World and the Sun and MGN as publishers of the Daily and Sunday Mirror and the People.

It was confirmed at the trial of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson that Princes William and Harry were hacked by the News of the World.  Their personal assistant Helen Asprey was hacked on multiple occasions. The Media Standards Trust’s report “Who was hacked?” [pdf] lists members of the Royal Family and the Royal Household among the victims of News of the World phone hacking.

A spokesperson for NGN said: “We confirm that a claim has been issued by the Duke of Sussex. We have no further comment to make at the current time.”  MGN said it was aware of the proceedings but had not yet received notification of them.

These new legal claims come a few days after the Duke of Sussex issued a statement accusing British tabloid press of “relentless propaganda” in his statement announcing his wife’s legal action for infringement of copyright, privacy and data protection against the Mail on Sunday.  We had a post about that action.


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