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Prince Harry Takes on UK Media Giants in Explosive Privacy Lawsuit

In a landmark legal battle, Prince Harry, alongside other prominent figures, has taken a stand against the alleged invasion of privacy by some of the UK’s top newspaper editors.

The lawsuit, filed in London’s High Court, targets the editors of major publications under Associated Newspapers, including the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, accusing them of engaging in phone-hacking and other serious breaches of privacy spanning over three decades, told by Reuters.

The case brings to light the names of four influential newspaper editors: Victoria Newton and Tony Gallagher of Rupert Murdoch’s the Sun and the Times, respectively, along with Ben Taylor of the Sunday Times and David Dillon of the Mail on Sunday, reported by US News. They, among others, are implicated by the claimants, who allege a long history of unlawful information gathering tactics used against them.

These allegations are not isolated to lesser-known journalists but involve about 70 current and former employees of Associated Newspapers. The claimants, a high-profile group including singer Elton John and actors Elizabeth Hurley and Sadie Frost, assert that these practices were part of a broader pattern of illegal activities conducted by the newspapers.

The defense from Associated Newspapers vehemently denies any wrongdoing. In a statement released after the court filings were made public, a spokesperson defended the integrity of their journalists, describing the lawsuit as “an affront to hard-working professional journalists”, shared by BBC. They argued that the disputed reports were based on responsible journalism and legitimate sources, emphasizing that these stories, some of which date back over two decades, had not been previously challenged.

This case adds to Prince Harry’s ongoing legal efforts against UK media outlets. Earlier in the year, he settled a significant lawsuit with Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN), which resulted in substantial damages for the Duke of Sussex. This settlement marked a notable moment in British legal history, as Harry became the first senior royal to testify in court in over a century.

As the legal proceedings against Associated Newspapers unfold, there is a possibility that Prince Harry could again appear in court to give evidence. This ongoing battle underscores his broader campaign against what he perceives as invasive media practices, highlighting the tension between public figures and the press in the UK.

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