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Prince Harry arrives in London court to give evidence in phone hacking trial

London, Jun 6 (EFE).- Prince Harry arrived at the High Court in London on Tuesday to give evidence in his case against the Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) which he accuses of illegal practices to get exclusive stories.

The Duke of Sussex arrived at the court in central London in a black vehicle looking relaxed.

The prince did not appear in court on Monday, the first day of the trial, prompting Judge Timothy Fancourt to say he was “a little surprised” Harry was absent on the first day of his court showdown with MGN.

King Charles III’s youngest son has filed a lawsuit against MGN alleging that journalists from its newspapers, including the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People, used unlawful practices, such as wiretapping private phones and hiring detectives to collect personal information on the prince and those closest to him.

Prince Harry and three other people are taking the publisher to court over unlawful information gathering that Harry’s lawyer, David Sherborne, described as “acting like a web” around the prince since his childhood and into adulthood.

The case involves around 140 articles published between 1996 and 2010 that contained information collected using “unlawful information gathering,” according to Harry’s team.

Of these stories, 33 will be examined during the trial.

Barrister Andrew Green said there was no evidence of phone hacking, “zilch, zero, nil, de nada, niente, nothing,” when laying out the publisher’s defense.

Harry previously attended the High Court in March for a preliminary hearing in his separate claim against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) – the publisher of the Daily Mail and Mail On Sunday.

The prince has also brought legal action against News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, over unlawful information gathering and is awaiting a decision on whether that claim can go to trial in January next year.EFE


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