Prince Harry jetted to England on Sunday to be present for his court case against the publisher of the Daily Mirror—who he has accused of phone hacking. According to the Associated Press, Harry—who flew in on Sunday after Lilibet’s birthday celebrations—is expected to testify on Tuesday. The AP reports that he will be “the first member of the British royal family in more than a century to testify in court.”
Meanwhile, The Telegraph’s Victoria Ward indicated that the judge was “frustrated” Harry didn’t show up for court on Monday and will instead be there Tuesday.
At the High Court for Harry's case against MGN: Harry will not appear until tomo having flown from LA overnight after celebrating Lilibet's birthday. The judge appears frustrated that he is not in court. Andrew Green, for MGN, said it was "extraordinary" he was not in court
— Victoria Ward (@victoria_ward) June 5, 2023
Per The Guardian, Harry’s lawsuit alleges that “the company unlawfully gathered information on the prince between 1996 and 2011 that was published in its papers.”
Harry’s testimony on Tuesday is obviously a huge deal, as The Guardian’s Jim Waterson explains, “The royals have always done their best to keep out of the court system in case it becomes a bit unpalatable and unpleasant for them and reveals things that they don’t want revealed. But Harry has adopted a sort of, ‘I don’t care any more’ attitude.”
While Harry stands to lose a lot of money if he loses the case, Waterson notes, “He feels that the British press, particularly the tabloids, have wronged him, his mother, and those around him. And he wants to do something. The impression I get is that he’s an angry, wounded guy and he can’t take it any more. He’s willing to take the punches and do this because he sees this as his way of getting justice.”
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