İrem UZUN -TDO- Prince Harry has issued legal proceedings against the owners of the Sun and the Daily Mirror over alleged phone hacking, in an escalation of his all-out war with the British newspaper industry.
The duke's fresh legal claim comes just days after he accused the British tabloid press of "relentless propaganda" in his statement announcing his wife's legal action.In the statement, which was issued during the couple's tour of southern Africa, Prince Harry said the "painful" impact of intrusive media coverage had forced them to take action.Referring to his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, the prince said his "deepest fear is history repeating itself"."I've seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person," he said.
A spokeswoman for News Group Newspapers (NGN) - the publishers of the Sun and the News of The World - said: "We confirm that a claim has been issued by the Duke of Sussex.We have no further comment to make at the current time."
The royal family has a fraught history with the press, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s lawsuit is the latest in a string of prominent legal clashes. As BBC reported, in 2012, Prince William and Kate Middleton sued a French magazine for publishing topless photographs of Middleton sunbathing. The Queen has previously sued the Sun for breach of copyright, and Princess Diana reached a settlement with the Daily Mirror for publishing photos of her exercising in a gym.