Prince Henry, who has come forward today to testify, accuses the media of pigeonholing him as the “irresponsible drug taker.”
Prince Harry, son of King Charles III, arrived at the High Court in London on Tuesday to testify in the illegal eavesdropping case against the Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN), owner of newspapers such as the Daily Mirrorwhich he accuses of illegal practices to obtain exclusives. Also, in a document signed by him, he says that the media have pigeonholed him as “the irresponsible one who takes drugs”.
The Duke of Sussex, who did not appear yesterday Monday, as expected by the judge, Timothy Fancourt, appeared this morning at 08.39 after arriving at the court in a black vehicle. It is the first time in 130 years that a member of the British royal family has appeared in court.
The youngest son of King Charles III and the late Diana of Wales has filed a lawsuit against MGN alleging that journalists from its mastheads – which include the Sunday Mirror and to the Sunday People– incurred in dubious methods to obtain information, such as tapping private telephones and hiring detectives to collect personal data.
Harry’s case is on display alongside those of three other indictments considered “representative” of celebrities in this country, as part of a court proceeding that began last month and will last about seven weeks.
As the duke maintains, some 140 articles published between 1996 and 2010 contained information collected using illegal methods. Of those publications, 33 will be taken into account during this trial.
For its part, MGN has denied or not admitted them and has also argued that. some of the plaintiffs have transferred their particular cases before the courts too late.
Harry appeared last March before that same court in a preliminary hearing in connection with. a separate charge against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), the owner of the Daily Mail y Mail On Sunday.
The Duke has also taken legal action against News Group Newspapers, owners of. The Sun and the now defunct News of the world. Meghan’s husband accuses British tabloids of having “incited hatred and harassment.” in his private life in a written document released Tuesday in the United Kingdom, as he testifies at the High Court in London.
The youngest son of King Charles III states in the document that “it is no secret” that he has had, and continues to have, “a very difficult relationship with the tabloids in the U.K.” and reproaches the media for having “typecast” royals, in his case, as “the idiot” and the “irresponsible drug taker.”