British Royal Family

Prince Harry's war on tabloids escalates with new phone hacking allegations

The Prince is now suing two UK tabloids over an alleged phone hacking.

By Jess Pullar
Prince Harry has continued to wage war against British tabloids with new reports that he has filed claims against two newspapers over alleged phone hacking.
The royal is joining a number of other people who have claimed as a group that executives at Mirror Group Newspapers, who publish the Daily Mirror and News Group Newspapers, who publish The Sun and News of the World illegally targeted Prince Harry and his friends over a number of years, according to The Guardian.
The publication reports that the claims have been filed by Clintons, who are known to have won a number of payouts for their clients in phone-hacking cases.
A spokesperson for News Group Newspapers shared a simple statement pertaining to the new claims, saying: "We confirm that a claim has been issued by the Duke of Sussex. We have no further comment to make at the current time."
The confronting news comes after Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's legal action against the Mail on Sunday was revealed earlier in October.
The publication released a letter written by Meghan to her father, Thomas Markle.
In a rare statement, Prince Harry shared the repercussions the publication of the document had on the couple, saying that it was "published unlawfully in an intentionally destructive manner to manipulate you, the reader, and further the divisive agenda of the media group in question".
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in the midst of a war against British tabloids. (Getty)
In the emotional statement, Prince Harry explained that the tabloids' war against the royals had been "painful" for them as new parents, stating: "Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son."
He continued: "There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been."
The Duke of Sussex issued a rare statement about the effects of the relentless scrutiny they were under from the media. (Getty)
The allegations came as the pair wrapped up their first royal tour as a family of three in Africa.
Former editor at The Daily Mirror, Roy Greenslade questioned the pair's motives for launching the legal action now, suggesting it could be "counter-productive".
BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell also weighed in, saying that given the success of their tour in Africa, the timing was "curious".
"It has lifted their reputation after a series of missteps involving private jets and expensive property renovations. Now they have chosen to take one of the most powerful newspaper groups in Britain to court and launched this stinging assault on an entire section of the British media," he said.
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