Prince Harry awarded substantial damages in phone hacking case
In a groundbreaking development, Prince Harry has settled the remaining parts of his phone hacking claim against the publisher of the Daily Mirror. The Duke of Sussex had claimed that journalists at Mirror Group Newspapers Publications were involved in illegal activities such as phone hacking, blagging (gaining information by deception), and the use of private investigators.
In December, a judge ruled that phone hacking was widespread at Mirror Group titles in the late ’90s. Prince Harry’s lawyer, David Sherborne, delivered a statement on his behalf, stating, “Everything we said was happening at Mirror Group was, in fact, happening, and indeed far worse, as the Court ruled in its extremely damaging judgment.”
Call for authorities to uphold the rule of law
Prince Harry’s legal victory has reignited calls for the authorities to uphold the rule of law and ensure that no one is above it. This includes individuals such as Mr. Morgan, the former editor of the Daily Mirror, who was well aware of the illegal activities taking place. Despite the judge’s ruling, Mr. Morgan has continued to show contempt for the court’s decision and launch attacks, further emphasizing the importance of obtaining a clear and detailed judgment.
Prince Harry’s lawyer, David Sherborne, emphasized the ongoing mission for positive change and expressed his belief that this victory will bring about positive change for everyone involved.
Prince Harry has been awarded substantial additional damages in his claim against Mirror Group Newspapers. The publisher has agreed to make cost payments of approximately £400,000, with further costs to be assessed. Mirror Group Newspapers responded, stating that they are pleased to have reached this agreement and aim to move forward from the events that transpired many years ago.
This settlement comes after Prince Harry and his legal team previously won 15 of 33 sample claims against Mirror Group Newspapers. These claims accused the publisher of unlawful information gathering, including phone hacking and voicemail interception, to obtain information for news stories.
Implications for similar cases
This case serves as a test case for many other individuals who have been affected by the phone hacking scandal. The wider issue of phone hacking has been a subject of public concern, leading to the Leveson Inquiry. While individuals like Piers Morgan have denied their involvement and knowledge of phone hacking, Prince Harry’s case has exposed the truth.
Prince Harry’s success in this case could potentially set a precedent for other claimants, as there are hundreds of individuals waiting to have their claims processed. The financial burden faced by Mirror Group Newspapers is substantial, and there will likely be increasing pressure for them to settle with the remaining claimants.
It is important to note that not all claimants have been successful in their cases against Mirror Group Newspapers. However, the number of celebrities involved in this case is significant, and the ongoing legal battle will continue to have ramifications for the publisher.
As the legal proceedings unfold, it remains to be seen how this case will shape the future of phone hacking investigations and the accountability of media organizations.