Prince Harry yesterday ended his four-year legal battle against Mirror editors over phone hacking by accepting a “substantial” sum of money.
The High Court was told that Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) had also agreed to pay all of the Duke of Sussex’s costs.
Harry subsequently vowed to continue his crusade against the press and, in particular, former Mirror editor Piers Morgan. He claimed that Morgan “knew exactly what was going on” when his newspaper hacked into Harry’s phone looking for stories. Morgan has denied the claim.
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The duke’s legal claim against MGN began in October 2019. Last December, Judge Fancourt ruled that 15 of 33 items came from hacking. They were a “sample” of a total of 148 items that Harry had complained about.
Harry (left) vowed to continue his crusade against the press and, in particular, former Mirror editor Piers Morgan (right).
However, the judge dismissed the remaining 18 articles of the duke’s claims.
A second trial had been proposed to consider the remaining 115 articles. But yesterday it was announced that an out-of-court settlement had been reached. Harry’s lawyer David Sherborne said: “MGN will pay a substantial additional sum in damages and all the costs of his claim.”
The sum was not specified but is in addition to the £140,600 already awarded.
An MGN spokesperson said: “We are pleased to have reached this agreement, which gives our business greater clarity to move forward with events that took place many years ago and for which we have apologized.”