Prince Harry has informed the court that phone calls between King Charles and Camilla were hacked during the 1990s, and that The Sun newspaper was involved in the hacking. Harry’s lawyers made the allegations as part of his case against the paper’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN), in which he claims they gathered information about him and other members of his family illegally.
According to Harry’s legal team, if the then-Prince of Wales and Camilla were intercepted, then Harry’s private information was also at risk. The allegations were made in court filings as part of Harry’s ongoing lawsuit against NGN, which owns The Sun and the now-defunct News of the World.
NGN has denied all allegations made by the prince and in a separate claim by actor Hugh Grant. The company has also disputed Harry’s claims that his brother, Prince William, received a large sum of money as part of a settlement with the newspaper.
The Duke of Sussex is seeking damages for alleged misuse of private information, breach of copyright, and breach of the Data Protection Act in relation to articles published in The Sun and the News of the World. Harry has claimed that the articles contained false and misleading information about him and his family, and that the newspapers unlawfully obtained private information about him and his loved ones.
The case is ongoing, and Harry is expected to give evidence in person at some point. The prince has long been a vocal critic of the British tabloid press, and has previously accused them of harassment, invasion of privacy, and racism.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, Harry and his wife Meghan Markle claimed that the British media had subjected them to a campaign of harassment and racism, which contributed to their decision to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family. The couple also accused the royal family of failing to protect them from the media, and of perpetuating racist attitudes towards them.