Just two weeks after the birth of his first child, Prince Harry is claiming victory in court. No, it has NOTHING to do with Meghan or little Archie, but it is significant, nonetheless.
Multiple sources are reporting that the Duke of Sussex has accepted an apology and “substantial damages” for aerial photographs that were taken by the media outlet, Splash News.
People reports, “The pictures were taken from a helicopter that hovered close to their former home in Oxfordshire in January and were published in The Times and elsewhere.
“The low-altitude shots were said to have looked ‘into the living area and dining area of the home and directly into the bedroom,’ the High Court heard in London on Thursday.”
The Royal was particularly unhappy with the intrusion because he had selected the home for its seclusion and privacy.
Prince Harry’s lawyers explained in a statement that the Duke and Duchess’ county home “had been chosen by the Duke for himself and his wife given the high level of privacy it afforded given its position in a secluded area surrounded by private farmland away from any areas to which photographers have access.”
But, I guess the photographers thought they had outsmarted Harry’s careful plans by approaching from the air.
The statement went on to explain that the photos “very seriously undermined the safety and security of The Duke and the home to the extent that they are no longer able to live at the property.”
The statement also said, “Splash has agreed to pay a substantial sum in damages and legal costs, and has apologized to The Duke.
“The couple has since moved to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor — and they arrived there a few weeks before the birth of their son Archie on May 6.”
Ever the gracious Royals, Buckingham Palace issued a statement on Prince Harry’s behalf, saying that Harry “acknowledges and welcomes the formal apology from Splash News and Picture Agency as referenced in the Statement in Open Court today.”
Congratulations to the Duke on his win in court! It must be a relief for this nasty bit of business to be out of the way.