© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prince Harry and his spouse Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, go away after the Nationwide Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral as a part of celebrations marking the Platinum Jubilee of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain,
By Michael Holden
LONDON (Reuters) – A newspaper article about Prince Harry’s authorized battle with the British authorities over his safety preparations implied that he had lied and tried to control public opinion, legal professionals for Queen Elizabeth’s grandson stated on Thursday.
Harry is suing Related Newspapers, writer of the Mail on Sunday, for libel over an article in February which alleged he had tried to maintain secret particulars of his authorized struggle to reinstate his police safety, and his aides had then tried to place a constructive spin on it.
Related Newspapers denies the article was libellous.
That is the newest courtroom spat between Harry and spouse Meghan and the newspaper group, reflecting their dislike of the British tabloid press basically, and its common criticism of the royal couple.
Thursday’s preliminary listening to on the Excessive Court docket in London was to find out what a reader would conclude was the “pure and abnormal” that means of the Mail story.
Harry’s lawyer Justin Rushbrooke stated the “unremittingly destructive” article implied the prince had lied in a press release the place he stated he had at all times been prepared to pay for police safety when in Britain, and tried to control the general public by authorising his “spin docs” to place out false statements.
A reader would consider Harry had tried to maintain the authorized struggle with the federal government secret and that he anticipated the general public to pay for his safety, Rushbrooke stated.
The paper’s lawyer Andrew Caldecott stated it might be a “quantum leap” to attract such conclusions, and the article had “unequivocally” implied Harry’s public relations workforce had been concerned in placing out materials which confused the general public and never the prince himself.
He argued the article merely mirrored that Harry had initially sought a far-reaching confidentiality order over his struggle with the federal government, which was a place he had later agreed to calm down.
The decide, Matthew Nicklin, stated he would give his judgement on the difficulty at a later date.
Final Friday, Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, made their first public look collectively in Britain since they give up royal duties two years in the past at a thanksgiving service for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, the place they had been met with cheers and a few booing.
The couple moved to the US, partly as a result of Harry stated the press was destroying his psychological well being, and now stay in California with their two younger kids, son Archie and daughter Lilibet, who was named after the queen, her great-grandmother.
Final yr Meghan gained a Excessive Court docket declare in opposition to the Mail on Sunday after it printed extracts of a handwritten letter she wrote to her estranged father in 2018.