Prince Harry withdraws defamation claim against newspaper publisher Sunday Mail. The article on security arrangements has been at issue since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from their royal duties. informed DailymailPublished by the same group this Friday.
Charles III's youngest son sued the Associated Press over an article published in 2022 that claimed the prince only offered to pay for police protection after launching another legal battle with the British government.
The report also accused Harry of trying to mislead the public that he was willing to pay for police protection, which was withdrawn after he stepped down from public service in 2020.
In December, an attempt to reach a settlement with the newspaper was rejected, meaning Harry would have to testify at the High Court in London later this year if the case goes ahead.
oh Dailymail The Duke of Sussex announced he was dropping the case hours before his lawyers were due to present new documents to the court. Now the duke is forced to pay the costs of the process worth 250,000 pounds (291 thousand euros) with his own fees worth 500,000 pounds (582 thousand euros).
However, the Prince's spokesperson has already responded, guaranteeing that the amount of the fee to be paid has not yet been disclosed. Harry announced that he had decided to withdraw the case for the safety of his family and to focus on the ongoing case against the government, which automatically removed his police protection whenever he was in the UK.
The London High Court has ruled thus Mail The scandal paved the way for Harry to pursue his lawsuit against one of Britain's biggest media publishers. But his attempt to get a decision in his favor without a trial ended in failure.
It is one of several lawsuits the royals are pursuing against British tabloids – Harry won a case against the Mirror Group newspapers in December. Six other British celebrities, including Prince and singer Elton John, sued the Associated Press, alleging widespread illegal conduct by its journalists, including wiretapping.
In November, a judge ruled the case could go to trial after the publisher tried to dismiss it.
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