Some excerpts from an article in the British tabloid The Daily Mail were “defamatory” of Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, the High Court in London ruled on Friday.
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Prince Harry launched legal proceedings against the Associated Newspapers, one of Britain’s largest press groups, in February after an article appeared in the Mail on Sunday, the newspaper’s Sunday edition Daily Mail.
According to his defence, the article falsely accused the Duke of Sussex of “lying”, “cynically” trying to manipulate public opinion and “keeping secret” his appeal to the government to try and gain police protection in the country.
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle live in the United States. They decided to quit the royal family in 2019, which stripped them of their right to police protection at the expense of British taxpayers.
Harry has offered to cover these costs while in the UK and is now challenging the Home Office’s refusal in court. This procedure is still ongoing.
According to Judge Nicklin, the article is in the Daily Mail could be implying that the prince “was trying to deceive the public” and believes we are well into “slander” territory.
Under British law, it is now up to the tabloid to prove the veracity of the allegations made.
In written statements to the court in June, Harry said the case had caused him “deep pain, embarrassment and lingering fear”.
In open war with the tabloids, Prince Harry blames the tabloids for the death of his mother Diana in 1997 in a car crash in Paris, followed by the paparazzi.
The royal couple recently filed lawsuits against several publications for violating their family’s privacy.
Last December, Meghan Markle won her case against the editor of the Mail on Sunday, who was convicted of publishing a letter she wrote to her father. She then celebrated a “victory” against a “cruel” and, in her opinion, false sensationalist press.