One tabloid story that Prince Harry complains was illegitimately obtained actually stems from an interview he gave to mark his 18th birthday, Supreme Court documents show.
The prince gave the interview to the Press Association in which he revealed he had been given golf clubs by his uncle Earl Spencer and was planning to be at home in Highgrove with his father and brother on his big day.
The Daily Mirror published an article on September 16, 2002 allegedly based on the interview.
It is now one of 140 items the Duke of Sussex claims were obtained illegally.
To mark Harry’s birthday, his PR consultants arranged the interview at St James’s Palace in London. It was published in the Press Association news service and most newspapers carried a version of it.
A tabloid story that Prince Harry (pictured outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London in March) complains was obtained unlawfully actually came from an interview he gave to mark his 18th birthday, as well as from Supreme Court documents emerges
Before the Supreme Court (pictured) this week, the Duke of Sussex claimed his privacy had been violated by the short article in the Daily Mirror, whose editor argued that the 161-word article “simply repeated details given by the plaintiff “.
This week, the Duke of Sussex alleged in the Supreme Court that his privacy had been violated by the short article in the Daily Mirror, whose editor argued that the 161-word article “simply repeated details given by the plaintiff”.
It is said that many of his stories about the Duke of Sussex did not come from hackers, but from other royals and palace courtiers.
Yesterday, on the second day of a seven-week trial, the Duke’s lawyer, David Sherborne, alleged that former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan was “directly involved in the unlawful gathering of information”.
Mr Morgan has always strenuously denied hacking phones or directing his staff to do so.
Mr Sherborne said: “What we are saying is Mr Morgan’s direct involvement in a number of these incidents.” Mr Morgan is at the heart of this in many respects. “He was a very hands-on editor.”
The Duke’s lawyer, David Sherborne, claimed former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan (pictured) was “directly involved in the unlawful gathering of information”.
Mr Sherborne said the court will hear evidence from the newspaper’s former political editor David Seymour that Mr Morgan spoke candidly about how phone hacking worked at a dinner with executives.
Mr Seymour recalled an incident in which Mr Morgan received a recording of a voice message left by Sir Paul McCartney in which singer Heather Mills sang a Beatles song to settle a dispute.
MGN disputes the claims, arguing that some were made too late and dismisses most of the others. It is denied that high-ranking figures had any knowledge of illegal activities.
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