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Prince Harry continues his public war over phone hacking allegations

Partner Steven Heffer comments on Prince Harry’s legal action against Associated Newspapers Ltd. for phone hacking and invasion of privacy.

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Published 27 April 2023

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Prince Harry, Elton John, and other well-known figures are suing British tabloid publisher Associated Newspapers Ltd. for phone hacking and invasion of privacy.

The relationship between the Duke of Sussex and his brother, Prince William, has been a topic of intense scrutiny for some time now. Their differing approaches to handling phone-hacking allegations have further fueled speculation about a growing rift between the two. While Prince Harry is taking legal action against News Group Newspapers and other publishers in a very public battle against the tabloid press, his brother, the Prince of Wales, has reportedly opted to settle hacking claims with NGN quietly.

If a claim was made [by the Prince of Wales], even if processed privately, it does show a desire to put a marker down, that misuse of private information will not be tolerated by senior members of the Royal Family.

Only the cases which come to court are published in the media. News Group settled hundreds of cases through the compensation scheme it set up and later withdrew. Many other claims have been dealt with by confidential settlement agreements negotiated through lawyers. These claimants have included many high profile people who did not wish their claims to be reported. That is why they opted for the scheme or a private settlement, rather than court proceedings,

For more information, visit our Media & Privacy page.

These comments were first published by the I on 26th of April 2023.

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Prince Harry continues his public war over phone hacking allegations

Partner Steven Heffer comments on Prince Harry’s legal action against Associated Newspapers Ltd. for phone hacking and invasion of privacy.

Published 27 April 2023

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Prince Harry, Elton John, and other well-known figures are suing British tabloid publisher Associated Newspapers Ltd. for phone hacking and invasion of privacy.

The relationship between the Duke of Sussex and his brother, Prince William, has been a topic of intense scrutiny for some time now. Their differing approaches to handling phone-hacking allegations have further fueled speculation about a growing rift between the two. While Prince Harry is taking legal action against News Group Newspapers and other publishers in a very public battle against the tabloid press, his brother, the Prince of Wales, has reportedly opted to settle hacking claims with NGN quietly.

If a claim was made [by the Prince of Wales], even if processed privately, it does show a desire to put a marker down, that misuse of private information will not be tolerated by senior members of the Royal Family.

Only the cases which come to court are published in the media. News Group settled hundreds of cases through the compensation scheme it set up and later withdrew. Many other claims have been dealt with by confidential settlement agreements negotiated through lawyers. These claimants have included many high profile people who did not wish their claims to be reported. That is why they opted for the scheme or a private settlement, rather than court proceedings,

For more information, visit our Media & Privacy page.

These comments were first published by the I on 26th of April 2023.

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