Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new roles as parents to royal baby Archie is off to a rocky start, thanks to invasive paparazzi photos of their private home. Aerial photos of Frogmore Cottage, the couple's new residence where they'll raise their child, were exposed to the media in early January. The home in question was chosen because of its extremely private grounds, and the family's lawyers are claiming the Duke and Duchess feel their safety was put in jeopardy due to revealing photos.
Court documents stated that the photos in question were taken by a helicopter belonging to Splash News and Picture Agency LLC and showed images of the home's living rooms, dining room, and even a bedroom.
"The property 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," Prince Harry's lawyer stated in court, according to GMA.
The photos taken and published "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," he continued.
Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family. They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago. Photo cred: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
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On Thursday, Prince Harry accepted the apology and the palace received a substantial payout from Splash News in damages and legal fees.
"The Duke of Sussex acknowledges and welcomes the formal apology from Splash News and Picture Agency as referenced in the Statement in Open Court today," a statement release by Kensington Palace read.
The media company also agreed to "cease and desist" the photographs and agreed to "not repeat its conduct by using any aerial means to take photographs or film footage of the Duke’s private home which would infringe privacy or data rights or otherwise be unlawful activity," according to Buckingham Palace.
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