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Prince Harry testifies against ‘vile’ press, fails to recall 33 articles he complained about

Prince Harry testified in court against a British tabloid for 'ruining' his childhood. Sitting in the witness box, Harry told Mirror Group Newspapers attorney Andrew Green that he had 'experienced hostility from the press since I was born'

Prince Harry leaves the High Court after giving evidence in London, Tuesday, June 6, 2023. (AP)Premium
Prince Harry leaves the High Court after giving evidence in London, Tuesday, June 6, 2023. (AP)

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, saw himself at the ‘witness’ end of a courtroom when he stepped into the London court to testify against British tabloid for ‘ruining’ his childhood. However, the British royalty faced the brutal end of law, when he could not recollect articles that held incriminating news about his life, thereby ruining it. 

On Tuesday, Prince Harry became the first senior member of the royal family to testify in over a century as he held a Bible in his right hand and, in a soft voice, swore to tell the “whole truth and nothing but the truth" in the High Court in London.

However, when questioned by the lawyers of the newspapers about the articles, Prince harry could not recollect any. 

What Prince harry said at High Court London?

Sitting in the witness box, Harry told Mirror Group Newspapers attorney Andrew Green that he had "experienced hostility from the press since I was born."

The prince accused the tabloids of playing “a destructive role in my growing-up."

Harry was forced almost immediately to acknowledge that he wasn't sure he could recall the 33 specific articles he was complaining about from the thousands he said had been written about him.

“Is it realistic, when you have been the subject of so much press intrusion by so many press, both domestic and international, to attribute specific distress to a particular article from 20 years ago, which you may not have seen at the time?" Green asked.

"It isn't a specific article, it is all of the articles," Harry said. “Every single article has caused me distress."

What is the case? 

The case dates from 1996 to 2011 — a period when phone hacking by tabloid journalists was later discovered to be widespread.

It led to later revelations of more intrusive means such as phone tapping, home bugging and obtaining bank and medical records by deception.

Prince Harry has accused the publisher of the Daily Mirror of using unlawful techniques on an “industrial scale" to score front-page scoops on his life.

Prince Harry faces wrath of tabloid lawyers

“I genuinely feel that in every relationship that I've ever had – be that with friends, girlfriends, with family or with the army, there's always been a third party involved, namely the tabloid press," Harry said in a written witness statement released Tuesday.

Green asked Harry to identify what evidence he had of phone hacking in specific articles, and Harry repeatedly said he'd have to ask that question of the journalist who wrote it.

When asked how reporters could have hacked his phone for an article about his 12th birthday — a time when he admitted he didn't have a mobile phone — he suggested they may have hacked the phone of his mother, the late Princess Diana.

"That's just speculation you've come up with now," Green suggested.

The attorney then pointed out that a reference in the same article to him taking his parents' divorce badly was obvious.

“Like most children, I think, yes," Harry said.

But the prince said it was not legitimate to report such information and “the methods in which it was obtained seem incredibly suspicious."

Green then pointed out that his mother previously made public comments to reporters about the difficulties her children faced after the divorce.

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Updated: 06 Jun 2023, 10:03 PM IST
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