Prince Harry’s Lawsuit Against Daily Mail Publisher to Proceed to Trial


A British judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by Prince Harry, Elton John, and other celebrities against the Daily Mail publisher for unlawful information-gathering can go to trial.

Background of the Lawsuit

A British judge ruled on Friday that a lawsuit filed by Prince Harry, Elton John, David Furnish, Liz Hurley, Sadie Frost, Doreen Lawrence, and Simon Hughes against the publisher of the Daily Mail should proceed to a full trial. The claimants allege that the publisher engaged in unlawful information-gathering practices, including illegal bugging of homes and cars, and recording of phone conversations.

Allegations Against the Publisher

The claimants, including Prince Harry, accused the Daily Mail publisher of targeting them by unlawfully hacking voicemails, tapping landlines, obtaining itemized phone bills, and accessing flight information.

Court’s Decision

The publisher, Associated Newspapers Ltd., had sought to have the case thrown out, arguing that the claims were brought too late. However, Judge Matthew Nicklin ruled that the case can proceed to trial as the claims have a ‘real prospect of succeeding.’

Other Lawsuits by Prince Harry

Prince Harry has been involved in several lawsuits against tabloid newspapers in the U.K. Earlier, he testified in a phone hacking lawsuit against the publishers of the Daily Mirror. He is also suing the publisher of The Sun alongside actor Hugh Grant, with that case set to go to trial next year.