Prince Harry sues owners of Sun and Mirror for alleged phone hacking
Prince Harry is suing the owners of UK tabloid newspapers the Sun and the Daily Mirror for allegedly hacking his phone.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed that claims have been filed in court "regarding the illegal interception of voicemail messages."
The development comes just days after Harry launched a scathing attack on the UK tabloid media as his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, sued the UK's Mail on Sunday, claiming that the paper illegally published a private letter to her father.
A spokesperson for the Sun's parent company, the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Group Newspapers (NGN), told CNN: "We confirm that a claim has been issued by the Duke of Sussex. We have no further comment to make at the current time."
A source at Reach plc, the Mirror's parent company, said that it was aware of the proceedings but had not yet received notification of them.
Fresh legal claim
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Auwal Mosque in Cape Town's Bo-Kaap district during their royal tour of South Africa.
It has not been established when the hacking allegations date from, but the new claim means both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pursuing active legal action against UK publishers.
The Prince said he felt some reporting about his wife was "bullying" and that he feared "history repeating itself" — a reference to Diana, who was the target of intense media attention.
"I've seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person," he said. "I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces."
He accused the Mail on Sunday of selectively editing the letter to disguise "lies" the paper had told about the Duchess — a claim that the tabloid specifically denies.
Phone hacking scandal
Journalists at British newspapers were accused of making payments to police and hacking into the phones of celebrities, law makers, royalty, murder victims and other figures in the news. Most cases involved the News of the World, but the Sun and Mirror Group publications have settled cases.