How Harry’s Latest Legal Case Compares to Historic ‘Phone-Hacking’ Lawsuits

Prince Harry’s latest legal action against one of Britain’s largest news corporations “evokes memories” of those that followed widespread phone-hacking allegations in the 2000s, Newsweek has heard.

The prince, along with five other high-profile public figures including pop-star Sir Elton John and model Elizabeth Hurley, have filed a joint suit against Associated Newspapers, the publishers of Britain’s Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, for exercising unlawful information-gathering techniques.

The claims against the newsgroup include the hiring of individuals to bug people’s cars and record private telephone calls. The lawsuit is one of the most significant to be brought against a UK media organization in recent years and is the latest in a number of cases brought against Associated Newspapers by Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle.

Prince Harry Launches New Lawsuit Against Media
Prince Harry photographed at Sandhurst December 15, 2017. The royal has been named as a plaintiff in a new legal battle against one of Britain’s largest media organizations.
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Various claimants vs. Associated Newspapers Limited

On October 6 Prince Harry was named as a plaintiff in a new legal action brought by a group of public figures against Associated Newspapers Limited, one of Britain’s most prominent publishing organizations.

Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon OBE, Sir Elton John and David Furnish; Elizabeth Hurley, and Sadie Frost are also claimants to the lawsuit, which alleges that Associated Newspapers has participated in unlawful activity.

A press release from Hamlins, the legal team representing the prince, read: “These individuals have become aware of compelling and highly distressing evidence that they have been the victims of abhorrent criminal activity and gross breaches of privacy by Associated Newspapers.”

The allegations include the hiring of private investigators to secretly place listening devices inside people’s cars and homes; the commissioning of individuals to listen into and record people’s live,

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