Prince Harry was a victim of phone-hacking by Mirror newspapers, court rules

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London: Britain’s Prince Harry was a victim of “modest” phone-hacking and other unlawful information gathering by journalists at Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN), London’s High Court ruled on Friday.

Prince Harry was the victim of phone hacking a British court has ruled.Credit: AP

The prince – who became the first senior royal to appear as a witness in court for 130 years at the trial in June – had sued MGN, the publisher of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People, at London’s High Court.

Harry said he was targeted by MGN for 15 years from 1996 and that more than 140 stories that appeared in its papers were the result of unlawful information gathering, though the trial only considered 33 of these.

Of those the judge found unlawful actions had contributed to 15 and awarded the prince 140,600 pounds ($268,000) in damages.

The publisher of Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper “apologised unreservedly” on Friday after the ruling.

“We welcome today’s judgment that gives the business the necessary clarity to move forward from events that took place many years ago,” said a spokesperson for MGN, owned by Reach.

“Where historical wrongdoing took place, we apologise unreservedly, have taken full responsibility and paid appropriate compensation.”


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