Prince Harry has appeared before the High Court of London to testify as part of his trial against Mirror Group Newspapers, making history as the first senior royal to testify on the witness stand in 130 years.
The prince failed to appear for opening statements on Monday on the first day of the case, with his team claiming he was staying in the US for his daughter Lilibet’s second birthday, but appeared on Tuesday, the day he will testify. Harry is suing Mirror Group Newspapers for damages, claiming journalists based on the titles, including the The daily mirror, Sunday mirror And Sunday Peoplewere linked to, among other things, phone hacking, obtaining information through deception and using private investigators for illegal activities.
The lawsuit is the first of five pending lawsuits the prince has filed, most of them centered on battles with British tabloids.
In addition to Mirror Group Newspapers, Harry Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers, publisher of The sunand Associated Newspapers Ltd., owner of the Daily mail And Mail on Sunday.
The allegations are similar: that journalists and people they employed listened to telephone messages and committed other unlawful acts to spy on Harry and invade his privacy.