Big win! Prince Harry has on Monday won an apology and some damages from publishers, precisely, the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline for publishing a story that accused him of snubbing the British armed forces after he and his wife stepped down as senior royals.
The British prince sued the publisher, Associated Newspapers, over two different articles published in October that claimed he had not been in touch with the Royal Marines and those angry leaders were about dumping him as Captain-General.
Prince Harry’s lawyer, Jenny Afia, told a remote hearing at London’s High Court on Monday, “All of these allegations are false, as the Mail on Sunday and the MailOnline have accepted, albeit after considerable damage was already done.
“The baseless, false and defamatory stories published in the Mail on Sunday and on the website MailOnline constituted not only a personal attack upon the Duke’s character but also wrongly brought into question his service to this country.”
The lawyer for Harry also added that the Duke of Sussex was “proud to have served in the British armed forces for 10 years in Her Majesty’s name, and has maintained active links with those forces ever since and will continue to do so in the future.”
Following the court order, the paper agreed to pay substantial damages, although the amount that will be paid was not disclosed, but, whatever the publishers pay will be donated to the Invictus Games Foundation, a charity for wounded or sick servicemen and women that he founded, the lawyer hinted.
Prince Harry served in the British armed forces for 10 years and witnessed active service twice in Afghanistan before taking on the role of a full-time senior royal.
He, however, was appointed as Captain General Royal Marines in 2017 but stopped using the title when he stepped back from his duties as a senior royal and moved to the US with his family. The state of the title will be reviewed on the one-year anniversary of Megxit in March.
Meghan Markle is also suing Associated Newspapers in another lawsuit claiming that the Mail on Sunday invaded her privacy and infringed her copyright after it published some portions of a letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle. The case is still on.