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Prince Harry Issues Statement That Meghan Is Suing British Press

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan at Buckingham Palace.

October 2, 2019 - 09:09 / Laura Pérez

Prince Harry released a statement saying that he and his wife Meghan are taking legal actions against the publisher of a British newspaper. The reason? Relentless propaganda, as well as the use of private information.

Prince Harry issued a personal statement on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's official webpage, saying that he and his wife Meghan are taking actions against the publisher of a British tabloid newspaper for using "relentless propaganda," as well as a campaign of false derogatory stories. 

Law firm Schillings, which is acting for Duchess Meghan, filed a High Court claim against Associated Newspapers, the publisher of Daily Mail and Mail, due to the alleged misuse of private and confidential information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018. According to a spokeswoman for the firm, given the refusal of the newspaper to resolve the situation satisfactorily, "we have issued proceedings to redress this breach of privacy, infringement of copyright and the aforementioned media agenda.” All legal proceedings will be privately funded by the royal couple, and the proceeds of any damages will be donated to an anti-bullying charity.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Draper's Hall in London, 2019

Prince Harry is afraid of Meghan not being treated as a real person

In the statement, the Duke of Sussex also referred to his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales: "I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces," Prince Harry said, before adding that it is really sad seeing someone you love not being treated as a real person after being exposed to a "painful impact" of intrusive media coverage, which was actually what drove the royal couple to take legal actions against the British press.

Harry and Meghan, who are currently concluding their trip in Africa, have been highly criticized for several of their actions like the use of private jets and property renovations. This is not the first time the royal couple take legal actions against the press, in 2017 they were awarded £92,000 (€100,000) after a French magazine published topless pictures of Duchess Meghan in 2012.