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London, Jun 6 (PTI) Prince Harry on Tuesday became the first senior British royal to give evidence in a high court trial in over 100 years as he appeared in the witness box here to allege unlawful information gathering, including phone hacking, by journalists working for the Mirror Group Newspapers.

The 38-year-old Duke of Sussex, who stepped back as a working royal and now lives in the US with his wife Meghan Markle and his two children Archie and Lilibet, will claim that the deceptive methods used by the Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) impacted his personal life.

Dressed in a dark suit, he walked straight into the court, passing the pack of photographers and other media poised outside, the BBC reported.

He will allege that the ‘Daily Mirror’, ‘Sunday Mirror’, and ‘Sunday People’ were linked to methods including phone hacking, so-called “blagging” or gaining information by deception, and the use of private investigators between 1996 and 2010 to get the detailed information about his private affairs.

MGN disputes the allegations and also argued that some of the claimants who are part of the representative legal action have brought their case too late. Their lawyers are expected to cross-examine Prince Harry in the witness box this week.

Meanwhile, the royal’s lawyer on Monday told the hearing as it opened that ‘Mirror’ journalists listened to voicemail messages from Princess Diana – Harry’s late mother.

“Nothing was sacrosanct or out of bounds and there was no protection from this unlawful information gathering,” David Sherborne told the court, alleging that the ups and downs of Harry’s relationship with ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy were among those gained via unlawful means.

The Prince alleges around 140 articles published between 1996 and 2010 contained information gathered using unlawful methods and, according to court reports, 33 of these have been selected to be considered at the trial.

Justice Timothy Fancourt, who is presiding over the trial at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, had expressed “surprise” that Harry was not in court at the start of the trial but was told that he had flown in from Los Angeles only on Sunday night as it was daughter Princess Lilibet’s second birthday on June 4.

The last time a senior royal took to the witness stand in an English High Court trial was in 1891 when the then Prince of Wales was called to give evidence in a gambling case dubbed the Royal Baccarat Scandal.

At the time, the future King Edward VII was brought to court to give testimony over a tricky case of cheating in a game of cards that the royal happened to be present at. PTI AK PY AKJ PY PY


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