Prince Harry Testifies In Phone Hacking Case Against ‘Daily Mirror’ – Hollywood Life

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Mirror Group Newspapers phone hacking trial, High Court, London, UK - 06 Jun 2023
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is expected to be in the witness box in the case against MGN, publisher of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People. The Prince, Coronation Street actors Michael Turner and Nikki Sanderson and Paul Whitehouse's ex-wife Fiona Wightman, make allegations that the publisher's journalists were linked to voicemail interception, securing information through deception and hiring private investigators for unlawful activities

Britain's Prince Harry (C) arrives at the High Court in London, Britain, 06 June 2023. Prince Harry is to give evidence over the phone hacking trial against the Mirror Group Newspapers. Harry is seeking damages against the Daily Mirror over unlawful information gathering through phone hacking.
Prince Harry gives evidence in court against Mirror Group Newspapers, London, United Kingdom - 06 Jun 2023

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Prince Harry made a statement against the British press and government when he took the stand in his lawsuit against the Daily Mirror tabloid on June 6. “Our country is judged globally by the state of our press and government – both of which I believe are at rock bottom,” Harry said when he testified in court. His appearance on the stand was quite historic, as it marked the first time that a senior royal testified in court in more than 130 years.

prince harryPrince Harry arriving in court. (James Veysey/Shutterstock)

He continued, “Democracy fails when your press fails to scrutinize and hold the Government accountable, and instead choose to get in bed with them so they can ensure the status quo.” Harry is accusing the Daily Mirror of obtaining information about him through unlawful methods, including phone hacking. His blatant statement against the UK government is unprecedented, as royals have made it a point to stay out of politics over the years.

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“How much more blood will stain [journalists’] typing fingers before someone can put a stop to this madness?” Harry wondered in court. He also referenced his mother, Princess Diana, during his testimony, adding, “I’ve always heard people refer to my mother as paranoid, but she wasn’t. She was fearful of what was actually happening to her and now I know I was the same.” Harry also said that many articles written about him ended up playing a “destructive role” in his childhood and adolescence, but was unable to give any specific examples, according to CNN. “Because it’s 20 years ago, I can’t speculate,” Harry explained.

Since stepping down from his senior royal duties at the beginning of 2020, Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have publicly taken a stand against the press and royal family. In their 2022 docu-series, they dove deep into their accusations that the royal family did not protect Meghan from negative and harmful stories written about her amidst her relationship with Harry. After leaving life in the UK, Meghan and Harry relocated to California, where they live now with their two children. However, Harry returned to the UK for his testimony.

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