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Prince Harry surprise appearance in London: attends trial for alleged wiretapping and privacy breaches


It is a high-profile case in which the Duke of Sussex and seven well-known figures, including singer Elton John and actress Elizabeth Hurley, accuse a group of British newspapers of carrying out a series of illegal practices to obtain information about them. .


Aina J. Khan (NBC News), Reuters and Associated Press

Prince Harry arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Monday for the first hearing in a high-profile privacy case against a major British newspaper group.

His surprise appearance, walking briskly, smiling and buttoning his coat, marked the start of hearings in the case, which was brought last year against Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail, for alleged wiretapping and other privacy violations.

Prince Harry of the United Kingdom in London courts. TOBY MELVILLE / REUTERS

In addition to Harry, the case involves seven high-profile figures, including singer Elton John and his husband, filmmaker David Furnish, actresses Elizabeth Hurley and Sadie Frost, and Doreen Lawrence, the mother of black teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered in a racist attack in 1993.

The whistleblowers say they have uncovered “highly distressing” evidence showing they were victims of privacy breaches by Associated Newspapers, the Hamlins law firm said in a statement in October, according to Reuters.

Lawyers accuse the group of a range of offenses including

planting listening devices

inside people's cars and homes, commissioning private phone calls to be tapped, paying police officers for confidential information and impersonating people to obtain records. doctors.

Associated Newspapers, which also publishes The Mail on Sunday and Mail Online, denied

the allegations "absolutely and without question".

The group requested legal restrictions whereby the specific details of the accusations have not been made public until now. 

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Harry's appearance in London comes

amid feverish tabloid interest in him and his wife

, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

While Harry, the youngest son of King Charles and Princess Diana, had always been the subject of relentless coverage, this intensified after his engagement and marriage.

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According to Harry and Meghan, the scrutiny and lack of protection and advocacy by other royals and courtiers led to their withdrawal from royal life.

The two lost publicly funded protection by UK police when they stepped down as royals and moved to North America in 2020.

The British royal family faced fresh scrutiny in January when Harry released a revealing memoir,


, revealing he took illegal drugs at age 17, begged his father not to remarry and killed 25 Taliban fighters while He served in the UK Army. 

Monday's hearing comes after Harry asked a judge earlier this month to rule that the Mail on Sunday slandered him with an article that would refine the family's seeking police protection on a visit to the Kingdom. Kingdom, according to The Associated Press.

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The article in question alleged that Harry tried not to publicize that he had filed a legal claim over the British government's refusal to allow him to pay for police security.

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Harry did not appear in court for a meeting that was held prior to the hearing. 

His lawyers have said he is reluctant to bring the couple's children Prince Archie, almost 4, and Princess Lilibet, almost 2, to the UK, saying Harry and Meghan feared for the safety of their family.

Source: telemundo

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