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Prince Harry in London, due to a private case in court

Prince Harry in London, due to a private case in court

Britain's Prince Harry arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Monday for the first hearing in a high-profile privacy case against a major British newspaper group. Harry's surprise appearance, walking briskly, smiling and buttoning up, marked the start of a case launched last year against Associated Newspapers, the publisher of the Daily Mail, over alleged phone tapping and other breaches of privacy. privacy. As well as Harry, the case involves seven high-profile figures including singer Elton John, actors Elizabeth Hurley and Sadie Frost, Elton John's husband and director David Furnish and Doreen Lawrence, the mother of black teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was killed in a racist. the 1993 attack.

"Individuals were made aware of very disturbing evidence revealing that they had been victims of a privacy violation by The Associated Press."

He said the violations included placing listening devices inside people's cars and homes, authorizing wiretapping of live, private phone calls, paying police officers for sensitive information and impersonating individuals to obtain medical records. The Associated Press, which also publishes The Mail on Sunday and Mail Online, said it completely and unequivocally denied the allegations. Legal restrictions sought by the newspaper group mean that specific details of their claims have not been made public until now.

The royal's appearance in London comes amid feverish tabloid interest in him and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. While Harry, the youngest son of King Charles, and his wife have always been the subject of relentless coverage, it intensified after their engagement and marriage. According to Harry and Meghan, the scrutiny and lack of protection and protection against him from other royals and courtiers led them to withdraw from royal life. Both lost their police-funded protection in the UK when they stepped down as members of the royal family and moved to North America in 2020.

Monday's hearing comes after Harry asked a judge earlier this month to rule that the Mail on Sunday defamed the British royal with an article about him seeking police protection when he and his family visit the Kingdom. United, according to "The Associated Press". The article in question claimed that Harry tried to end his separate legal challenge over the British government's refusal to allow him to pay for police security. Harry was not in court for the previous meeting.

"The prince is reluctant to bring the couple's children, Prince Archie, who is almost 4, and Princess Lilibet, almost 2, to the UK, saying they feared for the family's safety."

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