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Prince Harry was back in the witness box at the High Court in London on Wednesday for a second day of grilling over his allegations that British tabloids targeted him with phone-hacking and other unlawful behaviour.

Harry and others are suing Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN), publisher of the Daily Mirror and other tabloids, accusing them of widespread unlawful activities. MGN is contesting the claims and denies senior figures were aware of wrongdoing.

Below are quotes and highlights from the courtroom where Harry is facing hours of cross-examination in the witness box over two days:


“If the court were to find that you were never hacked by any MGN journalist, would you be relieved or would you be disappointed?” MGN lawyer Andrew Green asked Harry.

“That would be speculation,” Harry said. “I believe phone-hacking was on an industrial scale across at least three of the papers at the time and that is beyond doubt and to have a decision against me and any other people that come behind me with their claims given that Mirror Group have accepted hacking … yes, I would feel some injustice.”

Green suggested that Harry wanted “to have been phone hacked”, to which the prince replied: “Nobody wants to be phone hacked.”


Green again asked Harry about the absence of call data suggesting MGN journalists listened to his voicemails, contrasting it with the amount of call data provided in his separate lawsuit against Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper arm News Group Newspapers.


He asked Harry if he accepted that “the absence of call data to your phone is at least suggestive that you were not hacked by Mirror Group”, to which Harry replied: “Absolutely not.”

Harry also said that he thought “burner phones” were used to intercept voicemails and that call data had been “destroyed”.


Harry told the court that a story about him attending a nightclub after breaking up with his girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, was “incredibly disturbing”.

He also said that the article with the headline “Hooray Harry Dumped”, published in 2007, was “celebrating” the end of his relationship – which Green firmly denied.

“‘Hooray Harry Dumped’ was hurtful to say the least,” Harry said. “That such a private moment was turned into a bit of a laugh and the fact that these payments (to private investigators) were referred to as ‘Project Harry’ is incredibly disturbing.

“The level of surveillance that I was under was quite something.”

Green replied that the article quoted a friend of Harry’s girlfriend as saying “she just got tired of his hooray lifestyle”, adding: “It’s not celebrating the demise of your relationship.”


Harry said that any quotes or information in articles about him which were attributed to a “royal source” made him suspicious about how the information was obtained.

In reference to a 2008 article about him not being allowed to return to combat in Afghanistan, Harry said: “It is suspicious that so much is attributed to a royal source.”

Harry was also asked why he had not sued other newspapers which published similar information to that contained in articles about him by MGN.

“I’m quite busy with other litigation, my lord,” Harry replied with a smile.


Harry also alleged there had been “industrial-scale destruction of evidence on all sides” after being repeatedly pressed about what evidence he had to support his claims.

Green said Harry’s claim covered the period between 1996 and 2010, asking: “Is it your case that your phone was consistently being hacked?”

“I wouldn’t know,” said Harry.

Green asked: “Are you claiming damages on the basis that your phone was being hacked on a daily basis?”

“It could’ve been happening on a daily basis, I simply don’t know.”


Harry was earlier asked about what type of story about him he would consider to be in the public interest, after he said on Tuesday that “there is a difference between public interest and what interests the public”, in relation to an article about him allegedly taking drugs as a teenager.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – Reuters)


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