A tabloid story that Prince Harry complains was obtained illegally actually stems from an interview he gave to mark his 18th birthday, High Court documents suggest.
The prince gave the interview to the Press Association in which he revealed he had received a gift of golf clubs from his uncle Earl Spencer and planned to be at his home in Highgrove on his big day with his father and his brother.
The Daily Mirror published an article, which it said was based on the interview, on September 16, 2002.
It is now one of 140 items which the Duke of Sussex says were obtained through illegal means.
To mark Harry’s birthday, his PR advisers hosted the interview at St James’s Palace in London. It was published on the Press Association’s news service, with most newspapers publishing a version.
A tabloid story that Prince Harry (pictured outside London’s Royal Courts Of Justice in March) complains was obtained illegally actually stems from an interview he gave to mark his 18th birthday, documents show of the High Court
In the High Court (pictured) this week, the Duke of Sussex claimed his privacy had been invaded by the short Daily Mirror article, whose editor argued the 161-word article had ‘merely repeated the details that the applicant had given”
Appearing at the High Court this week, the Duke of Sussex claimed his privacy had been invaded by the short Daily Mirror article, whose editor argued the 161-word article had ‘merely repeated details that the plaintiff had given”.
He says many of his stories about the Duke of Sussex come not from hacking, but from other royals and palace courtiers.
Yesterday, on the second day of a seven-week trial, the Duke’s solicitor David Sherborne claimed former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan was ‘directly involved’ in the unlawful gathering of information .
Mr Morgan has always strenuously denied hacking into phones or asking any of his employees to do so.
Mr Sherborne said: ‘What we have, we say, is Mr Morgan’s direct involvement in a number of these incidents. Mr. Morgan is at the heart of this in several ways. He was a very active editor.
The Duke’s solicitor, David Sherborne, has claimed former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan (pictured) had a ‘direct involvement’ in the illegal news gathering
Mr Sherborne said the court would hear evidence from the newspaper’s former political editor, David Seymour, that Mr Morgan had openly discussed how the phone hacking worked at a dinner with executives.
Mr Seymour recalled an incident in which Mr Morgan obtained a recording of a voicemail message left by Sir Paul McCartney, in which the singer sang a Beatles song to Heather Mills in a bid to mend an argument.
MGN disputes the claims, arguing that some were brought too late and denying most others. He denies that senior officials had knowledge of illegal acts.
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