In court in London, Prince Harry wants to prove that stories about him from various tabloid media came about through phone hacking. Now it turned out: much of the information about the prince came from direct sources in the palace.
It is one of the central and serious allegations in Prince Harry’s autobiography “Reserve” (“Spare”): Harry, who has lived in California for some time, accuses his family members of having leaked stories about him to the press.
Process: Stories about Prince Harry came from Charles’ office
Now it turns out in court in London: Harry could have been right. Prince Harry and other celebrities accuse those responsible at the time of the tabloids “The Mirror”, “The Sunday Mirror” and “Sunday People” of having known about illegal methods such as intercepting cell phone voice messages and stealing medical data. Specifically, it is about articles that were published between 1995 and 2011. Publisher Mirror Group Newspapers has already admitted hiring a private investigator to get information about the prince.
What’s more, those in court say the stories were obtained legally — from insiders and sources right inside the palace.
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The court mentioned the name of King Charles’ former press chief, Mark Bolland, who was closely acquainted with the then head of the Daily Mirror, Piers Morgan. In the early 2000s, the newspaper reported that Harry was suffering from glandular fever, the “kissing disease”. Information that, according to the publisher, was not obtained illegally, but via direct palace sources.
Harry should therefore seek the blame with his father’s employees, but not with the publisher, the lawyers said in court. In his book, Harry not only blames his father, but also Queen Camilla. If you believe him, his stepmother should be particularly guilty.
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The 38-year-old claims that Camilla wanted to polish up her own battered image and made deals with the press. According to the motto: You get something from me and write flatteringly about me in return.
The trial is just one of several that Prince Harry is conducting in the UK against the tabloid media known as the “Tabloid Press”. He had already appeared as a witness in March in proceedings against the publisher of the newspapers “Daily Mail” and “Mail on Sunday”, Associated Newspapers Limited. Harry has also initiated proceedings against the publishers of the newspapers “Sun” and the now discontinued “News Group Newspapers” because of similar allegations.
Sources: / dpa
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