Prince Harry, son of Charles and Diana, has returned to London to appear in an unprecedented trial taking place at the High Court in London. The royal is suing Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) for publishing illegally obtained information about him.
Duke of Sussex arrived at the London courthouse dressed in a navy blue suit and purple tie, smiling to face British justice. Meanwhile, his wife Meghan Markle has remained in California with their children.
The case marks the first time in 130 years that a member of the British Royal Family has sat in the dock, which has generated great expectations and a heavy police deployment to ensure his safety.
Prince Harry’s testimony in the dock in London
Already seated in the dock, Prince Harry swore to tell the truth about the Bible before beginning his testimony, where he stated that he was motivated by wanting to save journalism as a profession and exposed numerous examples of alleged media meddling in his life and that of his mother, Princess Diana.
Surprisingly, he expressed anger at the state of the British press and government, claiming that they have hit rock bottom.
He also accused his mother’s former butler, Paul Burrell, who has been responsible for revealing many of Princess Diana’s secrets over the years.
In addition, he referred to the personal attacks and bullying against him and his wife Meghan Markle over the years by the former editor of the ‘Mirror,’ Piers Morgan.
“myself and my wife have been subjected to a barrage of horrific personal attacks and intimidation from Piers Morgan,” suggesting that Morgan has taken the stance “in the hope that I will back down.”
He also revealed the tensions caused by stories implicating James Hewitt as his “biological father” and how this threatened his position in the royal family.
He mentioned the pressure he faced during his relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, blaming the tabloids for their breakup.
Possible implications and consequences
This case could set an important precedent in England, leading the British press to be more cautious and respect legal boundaries regarding the information it publishes. However, if the judge does not rule in favor of Prince Harry, this would represent a hard emotional and economic blow for him, as he would have to face the costs of the process and possibly significant compensation.
Other possible implications for the Royal Family
The possibility has been raised of other members of the British Royal Family being subpoenaed as witnesses to provide more information about the case. This could create complications for the likes of the current sovereign, Charles III, Prince William, and even Kate Middleton, Harry’s sister-in-law. So far, these members of the Windsor Family have avoided getting involved in legal disputes with the country’s media.
Prince Harry is determined to see this case through to the end and expose what he considers to be criminal activity in the public interest.
The lawsuit against the publishing group, which includes titles such as the Daily Mail, Sunday Mirror, and Sunday People, has entered its second phase.
In the first early phase of the trial, the MGN publishing group acknowledged that Prince Harry deserves compensation for the damage caused, offering unreserved apologies.