Prince Harry gets huge payout after court case victory against Mirror Group Newspapers

Prince Harry gets huge payout after court case victory against Mirror Group Newspapers

WATCH NOW: GB News Royal Correspondent explains Prince Harry's latest court battle

GB News
Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 15/12/2023

- 10:52

Updated: 15/12/2023

- 12:14

The Duke of Sussex had sued Mirror Group Newspapers

Prince Harry has received a huge payout after his court case victory against Mirror Group Newspapers.

The Duke of Sussex has won 15 out of 33 articles in his phone hacking lawsuit against the publisher, the London High Court ruled today.

Harry, 39, was a "victim of unlawful information gathering" by the publisher, the judge further ruled.

The Duke of Sussex has been awarded £140,600 after bringing a High Court phone hacking claim against Mirror Group Newspapers.

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Prince Harry arriving at the High Court to give evidence in June


A High Court judge has ruled there was “extensive” phone hacking by the Mirror Group Newspapers from 2006 to 2011, “even to some extent” during the Leveson Inquiry into media standards.

The Duke of Sussex and 100 others had sued MGN, the publisher of the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday People tabloids, accusing them of widespread unlawful activities between 1991 and 2011.

Those involved in the case include actors, sports stars, and other celebrities.

They had accused the media group's journalists or private investigators of phone hacking on an "industrial scale" and obtaining private details by deception.

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A sketch of Prince Harry giving evidence in the witness box


In addition, Harry and others had accused senior editors and executives of knowing and approving of such behaviour.

MGN had contested the claims and denied that senior figures were aware of any wrongdoing.

They also argued that these lawsuits were brought too late.

Prince Harry, 39, was selected as one of the four test cases for the trial which began last May.

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​Prince Harry brought claims against MGN over alleged unlawful information-gathering


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Prince Harry has accused journalists of phone hacking on an 'industrial scale'​


MGN had previously admitted that private investigators were instructed to unlawfully gather information on three of those involved in the test cases, including Harry on one occasion.

The publisher said it unreservedly apologised and that the prince was entitled to £500 in compensation.

It denied any other wrongdoing concerning the Duke of Sussex.

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