Prince Harry has backed up his allegations against the British press in his testimony before the High Court. The focus was on mom Diana and ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy.
London – Prince Harry's (38) presence in London's High Court was eagerly awaited. The Duke of Sussex's written testimony is 55 pages long and contains numerous articles published by journalists at Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) – which Prince Harry believes were "most likely created by intercepting voicemails and/or collecting unlawful information," according to People magazine.
Princess Diana was labelled paranoid – 'now I know I felt the same way'
Prince Harry's cross-examination lasted five hours on the first day. "How much more blood will stick to her writing finger before someone can put an end to this madness?" Harry formulated his drastic accusation to the press. In his testimony, the son of King Charles III (74) and Princess Diana (36, † 1997) did not hold back with accusations that since he was a baby, his every step had been closely watched and exploited by the media.
"Some of the editors and journalists are responsible for causing a lot of pain, anger and, in some cases, death," Prince Harry said under cross-examination, according to NBC News. As a teenager, he often overheard his mother Diana being called, "she often cried afterwards". Lady Di was quickly labeled as paranoid. Diana believed that her private messages had been intercepted using unlawful methods in the months before her death. This idea "makes me sick," according to Harry's statement.
I've always heard people call my mom paranoid, but that wasn't the case. She was afraid of what was actually happening to her, and now I know I felt the same way.
Prince Harry in his written testimony
Prince Harry on the witness stand: Press has destroyed relationship with ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy
Prince Harry's relationship with childhood sweetheart Chelsy Davy (37) was also discussed in court. Harry recounts an article in the Mirror in which it was reported that Chelsy had called him to his father at Highgrove. "How could the journalist know?" Harry wonders in court. On a trip to the island of Bazaruto, off the coast of Mozambique, journalists and photographers from the Mirror Group had already "checked into the hotel before we got there," Harry said. The press would have had to hack flight data, emails and bookings to get the information, argues the Duke of Sussex.
It's down to the nitty-gritty: In the trial against the Mirror Group, Prince Harry has to take the witness stand. (Photomontage) © picture alliance/dpa/PA Wire/Jonathan Brady
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The couple's lack of privacy eventually caused Prince Harry's relationship with Chelsy to break up, and his girlfriend realized that "royal life wasn't for her." However, the evidence remains thin, because Prince Harry cannot concretely substantiate his allegations. The Mirror Group, in turn, claims to have either obtained the information directly from the palace or copied it from other media. The interrogation will resume on June 7, but a verdict is not expected until later this year. Then it will become clear whether Harry's efforts have paid off – in any case, he cannot use his stay in London to reconcile with his father, because King Charles is disappearing to Romania. Sources used: nytimes.com, eonline.com, nbcnews.com, people.com