Prince Harry subject to “extensive” phone hacking, judge rules

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A judge has ruled that the Duke of Sussex and several other celebrities were the subject of “extensive” phone hacking by the Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN).

Prince Harry was awarded over £140,000 in damages.

Prince Harry’s lawyer read out a statement from the Duke following the ruling. He said, “This case is not just about hacking; it is about a systemic practice of unlawful and appalling behaviour, followed by cover-ups and destruction of evidence. The shocking extent of this can only be revealed through these proceedings. The court has found that Mirror Group’s principal board directors, their legal department, senior executives and editors such as Piers Morgan clearly knew about or were involved in these illegal activities.”

“Between them, they even went as far as lying under oath to parliament during the Leveson inquiry to the stock exchange and to us all ever since. The journey to justice can be a slow and painful one, and since bringing my claim almost five years ago, defamatory stories and intimidating tactics have been deployed against me and at my family’s expense.”

He added, “I have been told that slaying dragons will get you burned, but in light of today’s victory and the importance of doing what is needed for a free and honest press, it is a worthwhile price to pay.”

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