A High Court judge in London paved the way for Harry to take his libel claim to trial when he ruled on Friday that a 周日邮寄 article about the royal’s legal battle with the British government over his police protection in the country was defamatory.
The Duke of Sussex, 37, is suing Associated Newspapers for libel over an article that alleged he tried to keep the details of his legal fight to reinstate his police protection in the U.K. secret, and that his aides had then tried to put a positive spin on it.
The article, published online and in print in February, was titled: “How Harry tried to keep his legal fight over bodyguards secret … then minutes after MoS broke story his PR machine tried to put positive spin on the dispute.”
根据 PEOPLE 获得的法庭文件, Justice Nicklin found that parts of the article in the claim were defamatory. Nicklin said the article “as a whole” did not suggest that Harry “was seeking to keep his ‘legal battle’ with the Government secret,” but it was suggested by the headline if “read alone.”
星期四, 哈里王子‘s lawyers asked the High Court to grant permission for a judicial review against a Home Office decision preventing him from personally funding police protection for himself and his family while in the U.K. His legal team told the High Court in London that Harry “does not feel safe” bringing his two children to the U.K. after the loss of his taxpayer-funded police protection and the level of security intelligence with it.
这 周日邮寄 article in question claimed that Prince Harry tried to hide litigation against the British Home Office regarding the security issue and claimed that he did not offer to fund his protection during a U.K. visit in June 2021 to unveil a statue of his late mother, 戴安娜王妃.
Judge Nicklin reiterated that the ruling was “very much the first phase in a libel claim.”
“The next step will be for the defendant to file a defence to the claim,” 他说. “It will be a matter for determination later in the proceedings whether the claim succeeds or fails, and if so on what basis.”
此外, the U.K. newspaper will pay an unspecified sum for the separate case of infringing Meghan’s copyright by publishing parts of the five-page letter she wrote to her father shortly after her royal wedding to 哈里王子 在 2018, 根据人们获得的法庭文件. The unspecified sum will be donated to charity. The symbolic £1 was awarded for her privacy claim.
In a statement on Dec. 2 following the ruling, the Duchess of Sussex said, “这不仅仅是我的胜利, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right.”
She noted, “虽然这次胜利是先例, 最重要的是，我们现在集体勇敢地重塑了一个让人们变得残忍的小报行业, and profits from the lies and pain that they create.”
哈里王子, 37, 和梅根, 40, have also sued photographers after images surfaced of their son Archie playing in the backyard of their former Los Angeles home.
在 2019, Harry filed a legal claim against News UK (owner of 太阳) and MGN (former owner of The Mirror) regarding the alleged illegal interception of voicemail messages.
“Every individual and family member in California is guaranteed by law the right to privacy in their home. No drones, helicopters or telephoto lenses can take away that right,” their attorney, Michael Kump of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP, 在一份声明中说. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are filing this lawsuit to protect their young son’s right to privacy in their home without intrusion by photographers, and to uncover and stop those who seek to profit from these illegal actions.”