Harry is accusing Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) of using methods such as phone hacking, so-called “blagging”, and using private investigators for unlawful activities. These techniques have been broadly terms unlawful information gathering (UIG)
Part of the evidence submitted by Harry's legal team includes 33 articles that they allege were obtained via phone hacking or other unlawful methods. The articles make up part of the 147 articles in claims brought by Harry along with three other claimants - former soap actress Nikki Sanderson, comedian Paul Whitehouse's ex-wife Fiona Wightman and actor Michael Turner.
For many of the articles, Mirror Group Newspapers has denied they were sourced by unlawful means and put forward alternative scenarios. For others, MGN has "not admitted" they were via UIG, meaning Harry has to prove that they were.
Yahoo News UK looks at the articles that Harry claims were obtained via UIG.
Harry's ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy is the subject of several of the articles listed in Harry's claim. One such article, Harry is Chelsea Fan published by the Daily Mirror in 2004, revealed details of the prince's private life with his new girlfriend. However, MGN denied that any UIG had taken place, claiming the information used in the story came "from a prior report in the Mail on Sunday, two confidential sources and a South African photographer".
Another two stories about Davy, published by the Daily Mirror in 2005, claim she was intending to end her relationship with Harry, and that she had given him a "tongue-lashing down the phone" after he was allegedly seen flirting with another woman.
MGN said the stories had not been obtained using UIG, adding that the claim came following articles about Harry wearing a Nazi uniform to a party, at which he reportedly flirted with another attendee. MGN argued "the speculation in this article in relation to Ms Davy that 'It can’t be long before she drops him' was trivial and not information in respect of which the Claimant had a reasonable expectation of privacy".
In 2006, The People published an article titled Chel shocked, which claimed Davy had made a "string of phone calls" to Harry over claims he had visited a strip club. MGN said the information was not obtained via UIG but from two freelance journalists, adding: "That the claimant’s girlfriend would be unhappy about his widely-publicised visit to a strip club, and being in South Africa, would express that unhappiness by telephone, was obvious".
In one article (Davy stated, The People, 16 September 2007), MGN admitted that information published about Harry and Davy arguing was private, but denied that it had been obtained using UIG.
Harry takes drugs
Some of the stories included in Prince Harry's claim focus on his use of illegal drugs. In 2022, The Mirror printed an article titled Harry's cocaine, ecstasy and GHB parties, in which it claimed he smoked cannabis and spent time with people who took harder drugs.
In another two articles by The Mirror, Harry took drugs and Cool it Harry, printed in 2002, the publisher denied using UIG to obtain information, claiming the information came from articles first printed in News of the World and then corroborated by the Palace. "A senior member of the Royal Family does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in taking illegal drugs, particularly when he did so at a public house in combination with illegally drinking alcohol underage," the publisher said.
MGN said there was no evidence of voicemail interception, and pointed out that Prince Charles had cooperated with News of the World, which first published details the story.
"Prince Charles never hesitated. He ordered his aide to cooperate with the newspaper to ensure that only accurate information was reported about his son," MGN said.
"The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, had been the subject of a stream of ill-informed, inaccurate stories, not least because their advisers had counselled silence as the best option."
The 33 stories submitted as evidence for Prince Harry in his case against MGN are as follows:
Diana so sad on Harry's big day, Daily Mirror, 16 September 1996
Princes take to the hills for gala, Daily Mirror, 17 July 2000
3am Harry's time at the bar, Daily Mirror, 19 September 2000
Snap... Harry breaks thumb like Wiilliam: exclusive, Daily Mirror, 11 November 2000
Rugger off Harry, Sunday Mirror, 11 November 2001
Harry took drugs and Cool it Harry, Sunday Mirror, 13 January 2002
Harry's cocaine, ecstasy and GHB parties, The Mirror, 14 January 2022
Harry's sick with kissing disease, Daily Mirror, 29 March 2002
No Eton trifles for Harry, 18, Daily Mirror, 16 September 2002
Matured Harry is a godfather, The People, 20 April 2003
Harry to lead cadet's march, Daily Mirror, 29 April 2003
Harry is ready to quit Oz, Daily Mirror, 27 September 2003
Beach bum Harry, Daily Mirror, 16 December 2003
Wills... seeing Burrell is only way to stop him selling more Diana secrets. Harry.. No... Burrell's a... The People, 28 December 2003
Harry is a Chelsy fan, Daily Mirror, 29 November 2004
When Harry met Daddy... the biggest danger to wildlife in Africa, Daily Mirror, 13 December 2004
Harry's girl 'to dump him', Daily Mirror, 15 January 2005
Chelsy is not happy, Daily Mirror, 15 January 2005
You did what!, Sunday Mirror, 6 February 2005
Who dares Windsors, Daily Mirror, 4 March 2005
Chelsy's gap eiir, The People, 24 April 2005
Harry carry!, The People, 15 May 2005
Chel shocked, The People, 9 April 2006
Davy stated, The People, 16 September 2007
Hooray Harry's dumped, Sunday Mirror, 11 November 2007
Down in the dumped, Daily Mirror, 12 November 2007
Er, OK if I drop you off here?, Sunday Mirror, 2 December 2007
Harry fear as mobile is swiped, Daily Mirror, 26 July 2008
Soldier Harry's Taliban, The People, 28 September 2008
He just loves boozing & army, she is fed up & is heading home, Sunday Mirror, 25 January 2009
3am: What a way to Harry on, Daily Mirror, 26 March 2009
Harry's date with Gladiators star, The People, 19 April 2009
Chelsy's new fella, The People, 26 April 2009