Prince Harry testifies hacking behind stories sourced from Palace

London, June 7 (EFE).- Prince Harry said some articles about his relationship with his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy published by the Mirror Group News (MGN) that cited “palace sources” were the product of illegal hacking, he told a London court on Wednesday.

The Duke of Sussex has been cross-examined by the MGN’s barrister Andrew Green KC for a second day in his case against the publisher which he accuses of illegal practices to obtain exclusive stories.

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.

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.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Harry responded to Green’s questions regarding several articles, including one published in September 2007 by People that said Harry and Davy’s relationship was “in crisis after a string of bitter bust-ups.”

Harry described the entire article as “suspicious”.

“I never discussed with the Palace any details of my relationship with my girlfriend,” he said.

“Everything that has been attributed to a Palace source was obtained unlawfully. The Palace wouldn’t know this information,” the prince added.

MGN’s Green responded by saying that Harry was in the “land of total speculation about where this information might have come from.”

During another line of inquiry, the barrister spoke of the arrests in 2006 of a journalist from the now defunct News Of The World and a private detective to ask Harry if he thought a reporter would risk hacking his or his brother Prince William’s phones, to which he replied he thought the risk was “worth the reward.”EFE


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