The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry has finally accepted an apology for “baseless, false and defamatory stories” written against him in an UK publication. The 36-year-old had earlier filed a lawsuit against the newspaper group over libel statement which was put out in almost ‘two identical articles’ published back in October 2020.
The British Tabloid had reportedly pointed fingers at Prince Harry’s service to the country and discredited themselves by engaging into his character assassination.
The newspaper that caused grievous injury to Prince Harry’s reputation had issued a public apology for the same in December 2020. However, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and his legal team decided not to give the nod. Instead, they asked for permission of settlement to be read out in the open court. This was because the article carrying the apology was not given the same pre-eminence as the original defamatory article.
Jenny Afia, Harry’s lawyer told a source that the newspaper has allegedly accepted that the accusations and assertions were false after a considerable amount of damage done already.
The damage amount is unrevealed and it will go straight to the Invictus Games Foundation, an organization that works for the welfare of unwell and injured military veterans.The lawyer was quoted saying that this will make Prince Harry “feel something good had come out of the situation”.
Moreover, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex is also battling out a court case filed by her against the newspaper group for making her private handwritten letter to her father public. The newspaper had reportedly published a few parts of the five-page letter written by the daughter to Thomas Markle in 2018 without her consent.
Prince Harry shares a twitchy and uneasy relationship with the media fraternity. In 2016, he called out the media for causing ‘a wave of abuse and harassment’ for his then-girlfriend and now-wife Meghan Markle. His mother Princess Diana lost her life in an accident when she was being chased down by the paparazzi.