A British judge on Friday rejected the appeal of the editor of the Daily Mail tabloid, through which the publication tried to end the legal actions brought by Prince Harry and the singer Elton John, among other personalities, for illegal collection of information, inform AFP and Agerpres.
Prince HarryFoto: Paul Edwards / News Licensing / Profimedia
The decision of the High Court in London opens the way for a trial in one of the many cases launched by the youngest son of King Charles III against the British press, which has been very critical of him.
The Duke of Sussex, along with six other British celebrities, accused Associated Newspapers (ANL) of using illegal methods to gather information, such as hiring detectives, tapping phones or pretending to be other people to obtain data. medical.
The editor of the Daily Mail, who denies all the charges, asked the judge, during a preliminary hearing in March in London, not to give the green light to the trial, arguing that the legal appeal was filed “much too late”.
Most of the reported facts date from 1993-2011, and some from 2018.
The youngest son of Charles III has launched a legal battle against several tabloid publications, which he considers responsible for the death of his mother, Diana, in a car accident in Paris in 1997. while being followed by the paparazzi, and whom he accused of treating his wife, Meghan Markle, in the same manner.
The 39-year-old prince, who moved to the United States after stepping down from royal duties in 2020, surprised the public by appearing at this audience, a very rare gesture for a member of the the royal family.
In June, he gave evidence in another proceeding, this time targeting the Daily Mirror. On that occasion, he became the second member of the British royal family to appear in the witness box after Edward VII, who gave evidence in a defamation trial in 1891.