The Duke of Sussex’s Difficult Day in Court: Uncertainty, Emotion, and Financial Revelations

The Duke of Sussex’s Difficult Day in Court: Uncertainty, Emotion, and Financial Revelations

…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media. Prince Harry faced a challenging time during his testimony in the High Court, where he admitted “I don’t know” on 18 occasions.


As part of his phone hacking case against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN), the Duke of Sussex appeared uncertain and replied “I don’t remember” nine times.

At times, Harry requested his legal team to answer questions, showing signs of uncertainty and reliance on their expertise.

During the proceedings, Prince Harry struggled to provide evidence of call data to support his claims of phone hacking, deferring to his legal team’s knowledge on the matter.

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When asked about consistent hacking by MGN between 1996 and 2010, the royal responded, “Consistently? I wouldn’t know.”

His emotional state became evident when his barrister, David Sherborne, inquired about his experience giving evidence, causing Prince Harry to pause before responding, “It’s a lot.”

In a significant admission, Prince Harry revealed that he decided to pursue legal action against tabloid newspapers after an unplanned encounter with David Sherborne in France around 2018.


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Prior to consulting lawyers, he expressed no concerns about specific articles being the result of unlawful activities, stating, “No, I was never shown anything. It was all contained within the palace.”

The discussions with his legal team aimed to address the abuse and intrusion he and his wife faced, seeking alternative measures outside of the institution’s lawyers.

Moreover, Prince Harry disclosed the exact amount his brother, Prince William, received as a settlement to drop his phone hacking case against The Sun’s publisher.

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While the Duke of Sussex previously mentioned a financial settlement, he now revealed that Prince William was paid £1 million to resolve his claim in 2020.

Overall, Prince Harry’s testimony in the High Court was marked by uncertainty, emotional moments, and revelations regarding his legal battle against phone hacking and his brother’s settlement.

These proceedings shed light on the challenges faced by the royal family in dealing with media intrusion and privacy violations.


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