Prince Harry has provided a detailed account of how he believes the Mirror Group newspapers likely obtained information through illegal means during his legal dispute with the British press.
Prince Harry’s courageous decision to testify was called “courageous” by royal expert and author Christopher Andersen, although he also questioned whether it was a wise decision.
Andersen explained that the royal family has always taken a long-term approach when dealing with the media, as the monarchy is essentially a brand that must maintain a working relationship with the tabloids in Britain.
It is an undeniable fact of life. Andersen pointed out that although Prince Harry currently sits on the throne, the influence of the press remains eternal, just as his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, had known before him.
Nevertheless, if the Duke were to win the case against the press, it would come at a significant cost, both financially and metaphorically. Andersen clarified that even if Prince Harry triumphed, it would be a hollow victory at best. He compared Prince Harry to David battling Goliath, but expressed doubts that the giant would be defeated so easily.
As well as parent company The Mirror, Prince Harry is also suing News Group Newspapers, The Sun and Associated Newspapers Ltd, owners of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday. It should be noted that Prince Harry’s testimony marks the first instance of a member of the royal family giving evidence in court in the last century.
Additionally, according to a reliable source within the palace cited by Page Six, the royal family is unhappy with the ongoing legal battles.
The source revealed that anyone in the family is unlikely to be happy and they are privately preparing for the repercussions.
Another insider said Prince Harry sees himself fighting not only his own battle but also that of the Royal Family, in order to safeguard the reputation of the monarchy. However, the royal family generally avoids direct confrontations with the media, opting for a more conciliatory approach.
Litigation is an arduous, stressful and unpredictable process, not to mention the exorbitant costs involved.