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Royal Showdown: Prince Harry Wins Big in Phone Hacking Lawsuit Drama

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In a significant legal victory, Prince Harry has been awarded £140,600 ($179,658) in a phone hacking lawsuit against Mirror Group Newspapers, the publisher of The Daily Mirror. The ruling, issued by a U.K. judge, concluded that the Duke of Sussex’s phone was likely hacked “to a modest extent” by the media group.

The judgment highlighted “extensive” phone hacking activities by Mirror Group Newspapers spanning from 2006 to 2011, including a period during the Leveson Inquiry into media standards. The Duke of Sussex, now residing in the United States, joined 100 other claimants, including the estate of the late George Michael, in accusing the media group of alleged misuse of private information, including phone hacking and intercepting voicemails, between 1991 and 2011.

In response to the ruling, Prince Harry expressed satisfaction, stating, “Today’s ruling is vindicating and affirming.” He emphasized the importance of a free and honest press while acknowledging the challenges faced in pursuing justice, adding, “The mission continues.”

During the trial, Harry’s legal team accused Mirror Group Newspapers of unlawfully gathering information on an “industrial scale,” describing it as a “flood of illegality” approved by senior executives and board members. The media group contested the claims, asserting that the information in question was obtained through lawful reporting.

In June, Prince Harry testified in the case, becoming the first British royal to take the witness stand in over a century. In a prepared witness statement, he highlighted the destructive role played by articles about himself and his family in his childhood and admitted to having a difficult relationship with the UK tabloid press.

The Mirror Group Newspapers apologized during the trial, acknowledging “some evidence of the instruction of third parties to engage in other types of unlawful information gathering.” They assured the claimants that such conduct would not be repeated.

This lawsuit is one of six legal battles initiated by Prince Harry against British tabloids. The Duke has been outspoken about his desire for change in media coverage and has emphasized the need to draw a line to prevent similar incidents from happening to others.

Prince Harry’s legal pursuits align with his broader mission to bring about positive change in the media landscape, aiming for increased accountability and fairness in reporting on celebrities and the royal family.

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