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Prince Harry – latest court news: Privacy battle continues as King in Germany for first state visit

The King and Queen Consort have arrived in Germany for the start of their first state visit which has been overshadowed by the postponement of the French leg of their European tour.

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate will be the backdrop later for Charles and Camilla’s official welcome to Germany, the first time the landmark has been used to welcome any visiting head of state.

It comes as Prince Harry on Tuesday accused the royal family of “without doubt” withholding information from him “for a long time” about phone hacking as they did not want to “open a can of worms”, the High Court heard.

The allegation – relating to News Group Newspapers – emerged in a witness statement submitted by the Duke of Sussex in the high-profile privacy case against Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers, which he is bringing alongside Sir Elton John, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, and others.

Harry did not attend the third day of the hearing today.

Key Points

  • King Charles and Queen Consort arrive in Berlin for first state visit

  • Prince Harry claims Buckingham Palace ‘withheld’ information about historic phone hacking

  • Daily Mail publisher claims privacy case uses files provided confidentially to Leveson Inquiry ...

  • Doreen Lawrence feels ‘played for a fool’ after thinking Mail ‘really cared’ about son’s murder

Voices: I’m an artist who paints in blood – this is why I’m so angry with Prince Harry

18:15 , Joe Middleton

I am an anti-war artist and a former Soviet soldier. I reject Harry’s comments about killing people as though they are pieces on a chessboard, writes Andrei Molodkin.

I am drenching St Paul’s Cathedral in Royal Blood – the UK’s Royal Coat of Arms filled with the blood of Afghan people who have not forgotten the illegal war on their land and who are against Harry’s comments about his desensitised killings.

Opinion: I’m an artist who uses blood – this is why I’m angry with Prince Harry

Sir Elton John and David Furnish have ‘paternal’ friendship with Harry

17:15 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Sir Elton John and David Furnish have a “paternal and protective” friendship with the Duke of Sussex, the singer’s husband has said.

The couple are part of a group – along with Harry, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, former Liberal Democrat MP Sir Simon Hughes and actresses Sadie Frost and Liz Hurley – bringing claims over allegations Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) carried out or commissioned illegal or unlawful information-gathering.

The allegations – which are denied – include the hiring of private investigators to place listening devices inside cars and the accessing and recording of private phone conversations.

Sir Elton John and David Furnish have ‘paternal’ friendship with Harry

Prince Harry’s two words of advice for media on second day of High Court hearing

16:40 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry had just two words of advice for reporters who had gathered outside the High Court ahead of his arrival.

The prince is one of a group of high-profile individuals who have accused the Daily Mail publishers of privacy breaches.

In a witness statement, he accused the royal family of “without doubt” withholding information from him about the alleged phone hacking.

As he walked into the building for the second day of the preliminary hearing, he addressed the reporters and said: “Stay dry.”

Prince Harry’s two words of advice for media on second day of High Court hearing

Prince Harry’s relationship with the press used to be ‘mutually parasitic’ – now it’s openly antagonistic

16:04 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Up on the third floor, in the strip-lit, pine-clad bowels of the Royal Courts of Justice there’s a sign on the door of Court 76 that says “Sussex and Others”. You could be forgiven for thinking you’d got lost in a very sterile beer festival or a Shakespearean costume store, Tom Peck writes.

On Monday, Court 76 broke all attendance records for a pre-trial hearing, at least in the view of its presiding judge Mr Justice Nicklin. Elton John and David Furnish, Doreen Lawrence, Sadie Frost and of course Sussex himself all lined up to listen to interminable legal argument that will cost you about £800 an hour just to pay someone to understand for you.

Day two, by contrast, was for the diehards, and Sussex – also known as Prince Harry – is going to be dying very hard indeed. This is only a pre-trial hearing in his action against the publishers of the Daily Mail, over breaches of privacy and the illegal gathering of information (chiefly by private investigators), which Associated Newspapers denies. It is the sort of thing that the rich and famous rarely bother with, but arguably, it’s certainly bothering the most famous person in the world right now.

Harry’s relationship with the press isn’t parasitic, it’s antagonistic | Tom Peck

In pictures: Charles and Camilla visit Germany on first state visit

15:21 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla visited the presidential Bellevue Palace in Berlin this afternoon, after being greeted by Germany’s president at Brandenburg Gate.

The royal tour is the King’s first state visit, having postponed a trip to France due to widespread political protests.

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Germany’s president welcome Charles and Camilla in Berlin

14:49 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

In the shadow of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate - a national symbol of peace and unity - Germany’s president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and wife Elke Budenbender formally welcomed the King and Queen Consort.

The foursome posed for the waiting photographers with the famous landmark in the background before the national anthems of Germany and the UK were played.

The King inspected a guard of honour, accompanied by the president, before Charles, Camilla, the German statesman and his wife went on a brief walkabout meeting people waiting behind nearby crash barriers.

Britain's King Charles III (2nd R) and Britain's Camilla (2nd L), Queen Consort, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (R) and his wife Elke Buedenbender pose during a welcome ceremony at Brandenburg Gate in Berli (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's King Charles III (2nd R) and Britain's Camilla (2nd L), Queen Consort, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (R) and his wife Elke Buedenbender pose during a welcome ceremony at Brandenburg Gate in Berli (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Charles and Camilla touch down in Germany at start of first state visit

14:20 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The King and Queen Consort have arrived in Germany for the start of their first state visit - a three-day tour of one of the EU’s leading nations.

Charles and Camilla said in a joint statement, released on their official Twitter account, it was a “great joy” to be able to develop the “longstanding friendship between our two nations”.

The couple were greeted by a 21-gun salute and a fly-past by two fighter jets after they emerged from the ministerial plane Voyager and paused at the top of the steps.

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As a mark of respect two Typhoon jets escorted the plane carrying the King and Queen Consort, their entourage and a large number of media for a period as it approached Berlin-Brandenburg Government Airport.

The trip has been overshadowed by the postponement of the French leg of the European tour, which was shelved by President Emmanuel Macron last Friday after violent nationwide protests against the French leader’s retirement age reforms.

The decision was made amid reports the King may have been targeted during further demonstrations planned by protestors to coincide with the visit.

“Ahead of our first state visit to Germany, we are very much looking forward to meeting all of those who make this country so special,” the King and his wife said in their joint statement.

“It is a great joy to be able to continue the deepening of the longstanding friendship between our two nations.”

King Charles III keeps eye on prize after tour starts late

13:50 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Britain’s new king will make his debut on the world stage Wednesday, three days later and 550 miles (885 kilometers) northeast of where he had intended.

Although King Charles III will be greeted with a hearty “willkommen” in Berlin rather than “bienvenue” in Paris, his goals remain the same: to cement Britain’s improving relations with Europe and show that he can help the U.K. win hearts and minds abroad just as his mother did so successfully for seven decades.

But the decision to cancel the first leg of his trip due to protests over planned pension changes in France may make it harder for Charles to make his mark during his first big international mission as monarch. And first impressions matter as Charles, 74, prepares for his coronation on May 6.

King Charles III keeps eye on prize after tour starts late

Watch live as King Charles and Camilla arrive in Berlin in overseas debut

13:25 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Watch live as King Charles III and Queen Consort, Camilla, arrive in Berlin for his first overseas state visit as monarch.

The first leg of the King’s trip to France was cancelled due to ongoing protests over controversial pension reform.

German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier will welcome Charles and Camilla at the historic Brandenburg Gate.

On Thursday, the King is expected to deliver a speech to the Bundestag, the German parliament, and meet with chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Watch live as King Charles and Camilla arrive in Berlin in overseas debut

King arrives in Berlin

13:14 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The King has arrived in Berlin for his first overseas state visit as monarch.

Their plane landed at the capital’s Brandenburg Airport.

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Star line-up for Camilla’s first literary festival

13:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Queen Consort’s literary charity has revealed the line-up for its first ever festival.

Dame Judi Dench, Gyles Brandreth, Dame Harriet Walter, Philippa Gregory, David Olusoga, Ben Macintyre, Kate Mosse, David Harewood, Robert Harris and Ken Follett will be among the actors and authors appearing at Hampton Court Palace on June 11.

The one-day event will also see The Queen’s Reading Room join forces with The Royal Society of Literature to stage a memorial event for the late Wolf Hall trilogy author Dame Hilary Mantel, overlooked by Anne Boleyn’s Gateway.

And the cast of the West End show Austentatious will improvise a new Jane Austen novel inspired by a title dreamt up by Camilla.

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Dame Judi will appear in conversation with Brandreth to discuss her life, career and love of Shakespeare.

Camilla’s reading room began as an Instagram book club inspired during lockdown, but was relaunched as a charity in February to work on advancing education by promoting the appreciation of literature among adults and children.

Vicki Perrin, chief executive of The Queen’s Reading Room, said: “There is a special kind of magic to be found in a book, and great wonder in listening to authors speak about their work.

“I have no doubt that visitors will find themselves inspired by these great minds, enjoy connecting with fellow readers, and I hope that they will come away transformed into lifelong literature lovers.”

The festival is a co-production between The Queen’s Reading Room and Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for Hampton Court Palace.

Proceeds will go towards the ongoing work of both charities and tickets are available via thequeensreadingroom.co.uk

New portrait of Charles shows King wearing bracelet from indigenous Amazon leader

12:36 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

A new portrait of the King depicts his “warmth” and “empathy” and shows him wearing a bracelet given to him by an indigenous Amazon leader, the artist has said.

Alastair Barford said he wanted to capture Charles’s “sensitivity” in the oil painting, with the inclusion of the bracelet a nod to his environmental campaigning.

The picture was commissioned by the Illustrated London News for its special coronation editio, which is on sale from Thursday.

Charles did not sit for the portrait, but Mr Barford attended a biodiversity reception at Buckingham Palace and spent around an hour and a half observing the King as he greeted guests.

He said of his work: “I wanted it to be more about the man and less about the role so I was trying to capture something of a warmth and an empathy which I saw in his interactions with those people when I was there.

“I felt that there was a sort of a sensitivity.”

Amazon Indigenous leader Domingo Peas (right), presents a gift to King Charles III during a reception to discuss the practical delivery of the global biodiversity framework at Buckingham Palace, Londo (PA)
Amazon Indigenous leader Domingo Peas (right), presents a gift to King Charles III during a reception to discuss the practical delivery of the global biodiversity framework at Buckingham Palace, Londo (PA)

Charles was presented with a necklace made from seeds - symbolic of an alliance between the King and indigenous people - and a bracelet by Domingo Peas, leader of the Achuar Nation of the Ecuadorian Amazon, at the Palace reception in February.

Mr Barford said: “I thought it was really nice to leave the bracelet in as a nod to the event and a nod to his interest in environmental matters.”

The artist, from Bridport in Dorset, was also commissioned by Illustrated London News to paint the late Queen in 2015.

Watch: Prince Harry's two words of advice for media on second day of High Court hearing

12:10 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Harry claims ANL journalists are ‘criminals with journalistic powers’

11:40 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

In a witness statement made public on Tuesday, Harry alleged that journalists at ANL “are criminals with journalistic powers which should concern every single one of us”.

“The British public deserve to know the full extent of this cover-up and I feel it is my duty to expose it,” he said.

However, in a statement, a spokesperson for ANL said Harry “has become a serial litigant against Mail newspapers with whom he seems obsessed”.

They continued: “Associated Newspapers profoundly regrets his untrue, inflammatory and deeply offensive remarks about the Mail’s journalists.

“If they were repeated outside court, they would be highly defamatory.”

Baroness Lawrence claims to have been the victim of the illegal interception of her voicemails, monitoring of her bank accounts and “corrupt payments to serving Metropolitan Police Service police officers, including on the Stephen Lawrence murder investigations, for confidential information”.

Sir Elton and Mr Furnish have alleged the landline phone of their Windsor home was tapped by investigators on ANL’s behalf and that the birth certificate of their first child was unlawfully obtained by the publisher.

But ANL argues that an alleged confession by private investigator Gavin Burrows “prompted the claims” - and highlighted a statement in which he denies being commissioned by its newspapers to conduct unlawful information gathering.

The publisher says it “categorically denies” the allegations against it and it is “profoundly saddened” Baroness Lawrence is bringing her case.

ANL’s lawyers argue the claims are “stale” and “largely inferential”.

The hearing before Mr Justice Nicklin is due to conclude on Thursday, with a ruling expected at a later date.

Prince Harry not at High Court for third day of hearing

11:04 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Duke of Sussex was not present at the High Court for the start of the third day of a hearing over multiple privacy claims against the Daily Mail’s publisher.

Proceedings in Court 76 at the Royal Court of Justice in London resumed on Wednesday morning without Harry.

The duke, who unexpectedly appeared at court earlier this week, is one of seven people bringing claims against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) over denied allegations it carried out or commissioned illegal or unlawful information gathering.

Those bringing claims include Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon, Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish and actress Sadie Frost - all of whom have made appearances during the ongoing preliminary hearing.

Mr Furnish and Ms Frost returned to the courtroom on Wednesday.

The group’s allegations, which are denied, include that ANL hired private investigators to place listening devices inside cars, “blag” private records and access and record private phone conversations over a period starting from 1993.

ANL is trying to have the claims dismissed without a trial at the hearing, which is due to end this week.

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Harry leaving the High Court on Tuesday (REUTERS)

What are Prince Harry’s claims?

10:30 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

His lawyers claim he was “deprived of important aspects of his teenage years” by the “unlawful actions” of Associated Newspapers.

“In particular, suspicion and paranoia was caused by Associated’s publication of the unlawful articles: friends were lost or cut off as a result and everyone became a ‘suspect’, since he was misled by the way that the articles were written into believing that those close to him were the source of this information being provided to Associated’s newspapers,” they argue in a written submission.

They say the actions of Associated Newspapers amounted to “a major betrayal” of promises made by the media after the death of Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

The hearing before Mr Justice Nicklin is due to conclude on Thursday, but Buckingham Palace said the King would be unable to meet his son because of prior commitments, including an official state visit to Germany on Wednesday

David Furnish arrives at High Court

10:23 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Candian filmmaker David Furnish has arrived at the High Court in London.

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Sadie Frost arrives at the High Court for third day of hearing

10:07 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Actress Sadie Frost has arrived at the Royal Courts Of Justice, central London, ahead of a hearing claim over allegations of unlawful information gathering brought against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL).

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Sir Elton John and David Furnish have ‘paternal’ friendship with Harry

09:45 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Sir Elton John and David Furnish have a “paternal and protective” friendship with the Duke of Sussex, the singer’s husband has said.

The couple are part of a group – along with Harry, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, former Liberal Democrat MP Sir Simon Hughes and actresses Sadie Frost and Liz Hurley – bringing claims over allegations Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) carried out or commissioned illegal or unlawful information-gathering.

The allegations – which are denied – include the hiring of private investigators to place listening devices inside cars and the accessing and recording of private phone conversations.

In his witness statement, which was released on Tuesday, Mr Furnish wrote about the friendship he and Sir Elton have with Harry.

Read more here:

Sir Elton John and David Furnish have ‘paternal’ friendship with Harry

King and Queen Consort to visit Germany after France trip cancelled

09:25 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The King and Queen Consort are expected to arrive in Germany today after the couple’s visit to France was postponed due to civil unrest in the country.

Charles and Camilla were due to begin the first state visit of the King’s reign on Sunday but the trip was shelved after a night of violent demonstrations across France that led to hundreds of arrests and police being injured.

President Emmanuel Macron said the four-day state visit was likely to be rescheduled for the beginning of summer, after Downing Street confirmed the French leader had asked the British Government to postpone the trip.

Charles and Camilla were due to travel from France to Germany for a state visit from Wednesday to Friday, and the visit to Berlin will proceed as planned.

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France has faced an eruption of violent demonstrations over forced-through pension reforms.

Sylvie Bermann, who served as Paris’s ambassador to Britain between 2014 and 2017, said Mr Macron wanted the visit to go ahead “until the last minute” before realising the situation was untenable.

She said a planned state banquet at the Palace of Versailles for Charles and Camilla would “not have given a good image”.

Lord Ricketts, a former national security adviser, said the lavish Versailles dinner would have had “echoes” of the French revolution if it had gone ahead during a public outcry at Mr Macron’s decision to push back the national retirement age.

Sarah Ferguson shares heartfelt advice she received from the Queen before her death

09:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Sarah Ferguson has revealed the advice the late Queen imparted on her before she died.

Queen Elizabeth II was Britain’s longest-serving monarch and died in September, aged 96.

Appearing on BBC’s The One Show on Monday evening (28 March), the Duchess of York, 63, reflected on going for walks with the Queen and her beloved corgis.

The former royal told hosts Alex Jones and Jermain Jenas: “I remember she used to say, ‘Sarah there needs to be more kindness in the world, which would disarm malice.’”

Sarah Ferguson shares heartfelt advice she received from the Queen before her death

King Charles takes on new title previously held by Queen Elizabeth II

08:35 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

King Charles III has been appointed colonel-in-chief of the Corps of Royal Engineers, a title previously held by his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Buckingham Palace announced the news on Tuesday 28 March, with the position hailed as a “long-standing tradition” in the royal family that began with King Edward VII in 1904.

Knowns as the Sappers, the Engineers provide global military engineering and technical support to the British Armed Forces and their allies.

King Charles takes on new title previously held by Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth Hurley’s statement explains how alleged phone hacking happened

08:05 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The statement by actress Elizabeth Hurley, also a claimant in the allegations against Associated News, explained how the alleged phone hacking took place.

She claimed that private investigators working for Associated News had a “former military and British Telecom phone man on payroll full-time”.

“This man would use cassette recorders and insert them into the landline cables of the green BT junction box cabinets on the street. Sometimes he also put them in manholes,” Ms Hurley said.

“The cassette recorders were always hidden and carefully and deliberately concealed to evade any sweeps ordered by suspicious victims.

“Hugh [Grant] and I, and many others, were victims of this and I thought about the time I had asked BT to sweep my lines and they had confirmed everything was fine and I had thought my phone was safe and secure to talk.”

She added that recordings of her conversations were sold for £2,000 in cash “hidden in an envelope”.

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Doreen Lawrence says she was ‘played by a fool’ by the Mail, court hears

07:39 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

On Tuesday, Doreen Lawrence also provided a witness statement where she said she was “played by a fool” by the Daily Mail and believed the publication was “on my son’s side and cared about the fight to bring his killers to justice”.

She added that she believed journalists she worked with in her fight for justice were “not only allies but friends”.

Lady Lawrence claimed “covert electronic surveillance” was used on her when she met people at a cafe she would attend when she wanted to speak to people privately. She also claimed corrupt payments had been made to police officers.

“We had always suspected that the police had been involved in corruption because of everything that happened that seemed to make sure Stephen’s killers were not found and put in jail,” Lady Lawrence said.

She added: “I am haunted by the fact that I will never know the truth of what happened to Stephen the night he was killed, or of the failed police investigations into his murder, and now the illegal invasions and spying and stealing of information about his death and about me by The Mail.”

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Watch: Prince Harry leaves High Court after second day of case against Daily Mail publisher

06:00 , Martha Mchardy

What are Prince Harry’s claims?

05:00 , Martha Mchardy

His lawyers claim he was “deprived of important aspects of his teenage years” by the “unlawful actions” of Associated Newspapers.

“In particular, suspicion and paranoia was caused by Associated’s publication of the unlawful articles: friends were lost or cut off as a result and everyone became a ‘suspect’, since he was misled by the way that the articles were written into believing that those close to him were the source of this information being provided to Associated’s newspapers,” they argue in a written submission.

They say the actions of Associated Newspapers amounted to “a major betrayal” of promises made by the media after the death of Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

The hearing before Mr Justice Nicklin is due to conclude on Thursday, but Buckingham Palace said the King would be unable to meet his son because of prior commitments, including an official state visit to Germany on Wednesday

ICYMI: Prince Harry leaving court for the second day

04:00 , Martha Mchardy

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Harry and Meghan Frogmore eviction ‘just the start’ of King Charles’ plans to slim down monarchy

03:00 , Martha Mchardy

King Charles III has put into motion his plan to slim down the monarchy, with the eviction of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from Frogmore Cottage signalling “just the start”, it has been reported.

The monarch, who is set to be crowned alongside Queen Consort Camilla in just six weeks, reportedly wishes to end subsidised rents for members of the royal family over the next five years.

The expectation for royals to fund their own homes apparently also extends to working royals, including the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Princess Royal, and the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.

Kate Ng reports:

Harry and Meghan eviction ‘just the start’ of King Charles’ plans for monarchy

Mail ‘saw copy of Elton John’s child’s birth certificate before him’

02:00 , Martha Mchardy

Sir Elton John and David Furnish had not seen a copy of their first child’s birth certificate before it was “unlawfully” obtained by the publisher of the Daily Mail and placed beneath a “derogatory” headline, the High Court has been told.

The singer and his filmmaker husband were described as “outraged” and “mortified” in court documents alleging that the privacy of their home was “ruthlessly invaded” – with their landline allegedly tapped and staff “targeted” – in order “to steal and exploit” information to fuel stories about them.

The couple’s allegations form part of a host of similar claims brought against Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL) by a group comprising Prince Harry, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, actors Sadie Frost and Elizabeth Hurley, and former Liberal Democrat MP Sir Simon Hughes.

Andy Gregory reports:

Daily Mail publisher ‘saw copy of Elton John’s child’s birth certificate before him’

Watch: Prince Harry's two words of advice for media on second day of High Court hearing

01:00 , Martha Mchardy

Voices: Prince Harry’s relationship with the press used to be ‘mutually parasitic’ – now it’s openly antagonistic

Wednesday 29 March 2023 00:00 , Martha Mchardy

Day two in court was for the diehards, and Sussex – also known as Prince Harry – is going to be dying very hard indeed, writes Tom Peck.

Harry’s relationship with the press isn’t parasitic, it’s antagonistic | Tom Peck

‘Paranoid’ Prince Harry lost friends over ‘unlawful’ newspaper stories, court hears

Tuesday 28 March 2023 23:00 , Martha Mchardy

Prince Harry suffered from “suspicion and paranoia” and lost friends because of newspaper articles, a court heard on Monday, as he launched his campaign to reform the media with a surprise appearance in London.

The Duke of Sussex flew 5,500 miles from his new home in California to attend a High Court hearing as the Daily Mail’s publisher bids to throw out claims against its titles, including accusations of phone-hacking.

The court heard that the allegations against the publisher include the hiring of private investigators to plant listening devices, the recording of private phone conversations, listening to live landline calls, and obtaining medical records.

Alastair Jamieson reports:

‘Paranoid’ Prince Harry lost friends over ‘unlawful’ newspaper stories, court hears

Harry and Meghan Frogmore eviction ‘just the start’ of King Charles’ plans to slim down monarchy

Tuesday 28 March 2023 22:07 , Andy Gregory

Away from the court proceedings, it has been reported that King Charles III has put into motion his plan to slim down the monarchy, with the eviction of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from Frogmore Cottage signalling “just the start”.

The monarch, who is set to be crowned alongside Queen Consort Camilla in just six weeks, reportedly wishes to end subsidised rents for members of the royal family over the next five years.

The expectation for royals to fund their own homes apparently also extends to working royals, including the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Princess Royal, and the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.

One source was quoted as saying that the King “is not some sort of housing association for distant relatives”. My colleague Kate Ng has the full report:

Harry and Meghan eviction ‘just the start’ of King Charles’ plans for monarchy

Voices | I’m an artist who paints in blood – this is why I’m so angry with Prince Harry

Tuesday 28 March 2023 21:06 , Andy Gregory

In this Independent Voices piece, Andrei Molodkin, the artist and former Soviet soldier planning to project a sculpture made with Afghan blood onto St Paul’s Cathedral in protest over Prince Harry’s remarks about killing Taliban fighters in Afghanistan writes:

“Boasting about killing, whether for democracy or not, is something I do not accept. During military service, in the Soviet Union, I saw a fellow soldier put a gun to his heart and shoot himself. Later, we were eating in the canteen and the guards pulled him through the room. His body and clothes were covered in blood, so he left a line like a signature behind him. A bloodline.

“Seeing this man dragged across the floor, it was from there I understood blood as a currency – a material that demonstrated the physical cost of war. The colour of blood shocks us to understand this reality.

“My entire artistic practice has been based on deconstructing the toxic idea of imperialism and foregrounding the politicisation of blood, oil and gas as currencies of war.”

Opinion: I’m an artist who uses blood – this is why I’m angry with Prince Harry

Prince Harry rejects ‘misconception’ that royal households ‘are in constant communication'

Tuesday 28 March 2023 20:01 , Andy Gregory

Prince Harry has said that there is a “misconception” that the royal households “are all in constant communication with one another” – with each office actually “siloed”.

Outlining how he found out other people within or associated with the royal family had brought phone hacking claims against the press, he says: “It is not an exaggeration to say that the bubble burst in terms of what I knew in 2020 when I moved out of the United Kingdom.”

He went on: “There was never any centralised discussion between us about who had brought claims as each office in the Institution is siloed. There is this misconception that we are all in constant communication with one another but that is not true.”

Prince Harry bringing privacy case ‘because I love my country'

Tuesday 28 March 2023 18:59 , Andy Gregory

Prince Harry has said he is bringing his privacy claim against the Daily Mail publisher “because I love my country”.

Ending his written statement to the court, Prince Harry said he was “bringing this claim because I love my country and I remain deeply concerned by the unchecked power, influence and criminality” of the publisher.

“The British public deserve to know the full extent of this cover up and I feel it is my duty to expose it,” he added.

Watch: Prince Harry leaves High Court after second day of case against Daily Mail publisher

Tuesday 28 March 2023 17:51 , Andy Gregory

Doreen Lawrence feels ‘played for a fool’ after believing Daily Mail ‘really cared’ about justice for murdered son

Tuesday 28 March 2023 17:19 , Thomas Kingsley

Baroness Doreen Lawrence also provided a witness statement where she said she was “played for a fool” by the Daily Mail and believed the publication was “on my son’s side and cared about the fight to bring his killers to justice.”

She added that she believed journalists she worked with in her fight for justice were “not only allies but friends.”

“We believed they really cared about Stephen and the injustice of his death and all the failings of the police and legal systems that had meant his killers walked free,” Baroness Lawrence said.

“The idea that something else had been going on behind the scenes completely hidden from me, that I had been played for a fool and for so many years, was deeply shocking and upsetting to me.”

Prince Harry claims Buckingham Palace ‘withheld’ information about historic phone hacking for ‘long time’

Tuesday 28 March 2023 17:01 , Andy Gregory

Prince Harry has said the Royal Family withheld information from him about phone hacking because they didn't want him to bring a claim as it would “open a can of worms”, my colleague Thomas Kingsley reports.

In a witness statement submitted before his civil claim against Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers, the Duke of Sussex said that he was conditioned to accept his family's rule to “never complain, never explain” when dealing with the press.

“The Institution made it clear that we did not need to know anything about phone hacking and it was made clear to me that the Royal Family did not sit in the witness box because that could open up a can of worms,” the Duke said in his statement

But discussing phone hacking claims against News Group Newspapers, Harry said “I became aware that I had a claim that I could bring” in 2018.

You can refresh this breaking report for updates:

Duke says Royal Family ‘without doubt’ withheld phone hacking information from him

Prince Harry photographed leaving court this afternoon

Tuesday 28 March 2023 16:41 , Andy Gregory

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Potentially confidential material is ‘highly relevant’ to privacy case, lawyer says

Tuesday 28 March 2023 15:59 , Thomas Kingsley

David Sherborne, the lawyer representing Prince Harry and the other claimants, says the possibly confidential material they’re relying upon for their case is “highly relevant”.

He claims that even if Mr Justice Nicklin found they were in breach of orders imposed by the Leveson inquiry which restrict their disclosure, removing this element of their argument from the case would be a “draconian” measure.

“We don’t accept that there is no room for manoeuvre,” Mr Sherborne told the judge.

Prince Harry has not returned to courtroom after break in proceedings

Tuesday 28 March 2023 15:38 , Andy Gregory

The Duke of Sussex has not returned to the courtroom in the Royal Courts of Justice during an afternoon break in the preliminary hearing.

Tuesday 28 March 2023 15:17 , Andy Gregory

Baroness Doreen Lawrence has returned to London’s Royal Courts of Justice today for the preliminary hearing of her case against Associated Newspapers.

Her lawyers say that she feels a “deep sense of betrayal” over Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) allegedly hiring private investigators to “unlawfully or illegally” obtain her private information.

Baroness Lawrence alleges that her landline and bank accounts were monitored by private investigators, who she claims made “corrupt payments” to Metropolitan Police officers for information about the investigation into her son Stephen’s murder in 1993.

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‘Paranoid’ Prince Harry lost friends over ‘unlawful’ newspaper stories, court hears

Tuesday 28 March 2023 14:44 , Andy Gregory

Prince Harry suffered from “suspicion and paranoia” and lost friends because of newspaper articles, a court heard on Monday, as he launched his campaign to reform the media with a surprise appearance in London.

The Duke of Sussex flew 5,500 miles from his new home in California to attend a High Court hearing as the Daily Mail’s publisher bids to throw out claims against its titles, including accusations of phone-hacking.

Also in court were Sir Elton John, Sadie Frost, and Baroness Lawrence, who are among the public figures suing Associated Newspapers for alleged unlawful activity.

‘Paranoid’ Prince Harry lost friends over ‘unlawful’ newspaper stories, court hears

Mail publisher claims case is based on confidential documents it sent to Leveson Inquiry

Tuesday 28 March 2023 14:12 , Andy Gregory

A High Court judge has said he is “concerned” about who is responsible for policing confidentiality undertakings made during the Leveson Inquiry.

Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL)’s argument is that part of the case brought by seven high-profile individuals relies upon documents that were provided by the company to the Leveson Inquiry in 2011 and 2012 with the understanding that they were confidential.

The company maintains that these documents are subject to binding disclosure and publication restriction orders and undertakings as to their use, and that lawyers for the people bringing the claim are in breach of these by relying on them without first applying for their disclosure.

However on Tuesday, Mr Justice Nicklin said it was not clear who polices the undertakings as the Leveson Inquiry no longer exists.

He said that “basic contract law” requires that in order for a confidentiality agreement to be enforced someone has to be able to stand there and say that they have the power to enforce it.

“Who is that person?” he asked, adding: “I am now concerned about who is responsible for policing the Leveson undertakings.”

Harry ‘deprived’ of parts of teenage years due to Mail publisher, court told

Tuesday 28 March 2023 14:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

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The Duke of Sussex claims he was “largely deprived” of important parts of his teenage years due to the unlawful actions of the Daily Mail’s publisher, court documents have shown as he made a surprise appearance at the High Court in London.

Harry, Sir Elton John, his husband David Furnish, Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon and Sadie Frost all attended the Royal Courts of Justice on Monday for the start of the first hearing in their claims against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL).

The high-profile individuals are part of a group, which also includes Liz Hurley and former Lib Dem MP Sir Simon Hughes, bringing privacy claims against the publisher over allegations it carried out or commissioned illegal or unlawful information-gathering.

Harry ‘deprived’ of parts of teenage years due to Mail publisher, court told

High Court judge ‘concerned’ about who is responsible for 'policing Leveson undertakings’

Tuesday 28 March 2023 13:57 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

A High Court judge has said he is “concerned” about who is responsible for policing confidentiality undertakings made during the Leveson Inquiry.

Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL)’s argument is that part of the case brought by seven high-profile individuals relies upon documents that were provided by the company to the Leveson Inquiry in 2011 and 2012 with the understanding that they were confidential.

The company maintains that these documents are subject to binding disclosure and publication restriction orders and undertakings as to their use, and that lawyers for the people bringing the claim are in breach of these by relying on them without first applying for their disclosure.

However on Tuesday, Mr Justice Nicklin said it was not clear who polices the undertakings as the Leveson Inquiry no longer exists.

He said that “basic contract law” requires that in order for a confidentiality agreement to be enforced someone has to be able to stand there and say that they have the power to enforce it.

“Who is that person?” he asked, adding: “I am now concerned about who is responsible for policing the Leveson undertakings.”

Elton John ‘did not see copy of child’s birth certificate before it was unlawfully obtained’ by Mail publisher

Tuesday 28 March 2023 13:38 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

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Sir Elton John and David Furnish had not seen a copy of their first child’s birth certificate before it was “unlawfully” obtained by the publisher of the Daily Mail and placed beneath a “derogatory” headline, the High Court has been told.

The singer and his filmmaker husband were described as “outraged” and “mortified” in court documents alleging that the privacy of their home was “ruthlessly invaded” – with their landline allegedly tapped and staff “targeted” – in order “to steal and exploit” information to fuel stories about them.

The couple’s allegations form part of a host of similar claims brought against Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL) by a group comprising Prince Harry, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, actors Sadie Frost and Elizabeth Hurley, and former Liberal Democrat MP Sir Simon Hughes.

Daily Mail publisher ‘saw copy of Elton John’s child’s birth certificate before him’

Baroness Lawrence arrives at High Court

Tuesday 28 March 2023 12:47 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Lawyers are yet to get into their arguments over the continuation of the claims against ANL and whether they should be taken to trial.

Meanwhile, Baroness Lawrence has entered the court room.

She told the court yesterday through her lawyers that she feels a “deep sense of betrayal” over Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) allegedly hiring private investigators to “unlawfully or illegally” obtain her private information.

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Watch: Prince Harry arrives at High Court for second day of Daily Mail privacy case

Tuesday 28 March 2023 12:07 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Update from the High Court

Tuesday 28 March 2023 11:51 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Thomas Kingsley reports live from the High Court

Every seat in the public gallery is filled for today’s hearing with Prince Harry, today wearing a grey suit, is in attendance again listening attentively to the proceedings.

Lawyers have not yet begun to discuss their arguments for why the claims from the Duke and others should be taken to trial or thrown out - first there is a discussion over legal details around confidentiality and restricted documents in this week’s hearing.

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Prince Harry not expected to see Charles or William as he makes surprise return to UK

Tuesday 28 March 2023 10:51 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Duke of Sussex has made a surprise return to the UK for the first time since the late Queen’s funeral – but is not expected to meet with the King or the Prince of Wales.

His trip – for a High Court hearing in London in his claim against Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers over allegations of unlawful information-gathering – will be seen as demonstrating the strength of his determination over the legal action.

Just weeks ago, Harry laid bare his troubled relationship with his father the King and brother the Prince of Wales in his controversial autobiography Spare.

Prince Harry not expected to see Charles or William as he makes surprise return to UK

Day two of preliminary hearing against Daily Mail publisher begins

Tuesday 28 March 2023 10:32 , Thomas Kingsley

Day two of the four-day preliminary hearing has begun in the High Court. Prince Harry is in attendance again as the judge decides whether the claim will go to trial.

The Duke of Sussex leaving the Royal Courts of Justice on Monday (/PA) (PA Wire)
The Duke of Sussex leaving the Royal Courts of Justice on Monday (/PA) (PA Wire)

Harry returns to High Court for day two of hearing

Tuesday 28 March 2023 10:23 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Duke of Sussex has returned to the Royal Courts of Justice for the second day of a High Court hearing over multiple privacy claims brought against the publisher of the Daily Mail.

Harry arrived at the central London court just after 10am for the second day of a preliminary hearing in his claim against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL).

The duke is part of a group - along with Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, former Liberal Democrat MP Sir Simon Hughes and actresses Sadie Frost and Liz Hurley - bringing claims over allegations ANL carried out or commissioned illegal or unlawful information-gathering.

The allegations - which are denied - include the hiring of private investigators to place listening devices inside cars and the accessing and recording of private phone conversations.

Lawyers for ANL, which is also the publisher of The Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, said the allegations are “firmly” denied and that the “stale” claims have been brought too late as it made a bid to throw out the cases.

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