Prince Harry has had a tumultuous few months, facing a series of challenges and rumors that have put the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s life under intense scrutiny.
Despite the difficulties they have encountered, there seems to be a silver lining on the horizon for Prince Harry.
Harry will be able to take ‘The Sun’ newspaper to court
A court decision has just been announced indicating that he will be allowed to take legal action against the tabloid newspaper “The Sun”.
The Duke believes that the publication used illegal means to obtain information about him. However, not all of the Duke’s allegations were accepted by the court.
Allegations of phone hacking by the editors of “The Sun” and the defunct “News of the World” were dismissed.
During the court proceedings, NGN moved to dismiss Prince Harry’s lawsuit, claiming that it had been filed too late.
The court ruled in NGN’s favor in this regard, in his ruling, Judge Fancourt stressed that there was no reasonable possibility for the Duke to prove that he was unaware of the two tabloids’ alleged interception of his voicemail.
The judge also stated that Prince Harry could have easily discovered similar claims about the articles published by ‘The Sun’ with some basic inquiries.
In addition, the court refused to consider one of the key points of the controversy the “secret agreement” that Prince Harry alleged existed between Buckingham Palace and News Group Newspapers (NGN), owned by tycoon Rupert Murdoch.
The Duke claimed he was informed of this agreement as early as 2012. However, NGN has vehemently denied the existence of such an agreement.
During a hearing in London, Prince Harry’s legal team presented evidence, including emails between senior executives of NGN’s parent companies and palace staff in 2017 and 2018, to support the existence of the secret deal.
According to the duke, this agreement was intended to prevent royals from being called as witnesses to embarrassing voicemails intercepted by journalists.
The judge said Harry’s claims about the “secret agreement” were not plausible.
“No witness or documentary evidence to support what the Duke claimed.”
However, the court allowed him to file claims related to other illegal intrusions, such as using private investigators hired to spy on him.
Prince Harry has achieved a bittersweet verdict in his legal battle against the tabloids.