Prince Harry Says Tabloid Has Caused Him "Hurt, Embarrassment and Distress" in New Court Documents

The Sussex family’s legal battle with British tabloids is still raging on. You know, just in case you were wondering.

In new court documents related to the ongoing dispute, Prince Harry said that articles published by the Mail on Sunday have caused “serious damage to his reputation and substantial hurt, embarrassment and distress which is continuing” (per Variety).

The new documents are related to a case Harry filed earlier this year against the British paper over articles the outlet published about his ongoing fight to get the British government to provide official security for him and his family when they’re in the United Kingdom. Specifically, Harry is pushing back against claims made by the Mail on Sunday that he had lied about offering to pay for the security costs himself and that misleading reports like those “manipulate and confuse public opinion” against him.

In the lawsuit, Harry explains that the misleading reports are damaging because they “constitute an attack on his honesty and integrity and undermine his fitness to be involved both in charitable and philanthropic work in general, and in efforts to tackle online misinformation in particular (through the Archewell Foundation).”

This isn’t the first time Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have taken tabloids to court over inaccurate reporting. In February 2021, Meghan won a lawsuit against Associate Newspapers (which publishes both the Mail on Sunday and Mail Online, after she took them to court for violating her privacy by publishing a very personal, handwritten letter she sent her estranged father, Thomas Markle.

After two long years of pursuing litigation, I am grateful to the courts for holding Associated Newspapers and the Mail on Sunday to account for their illegal and dehumanizing practiced,” Meghan wrote in a statement released after the ruling. “These tactics (and those of their sister publications MailOnline and the Daily Mail) are not new; in fact, they’ve been going on for far too long without consequence. For these outlets, it’s a game. For me and so many others, it’s real life, real relationships, and very real sadness. The damage they have done and continue to do runs deep.”

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