Prince William agreed with the press for illegal wiretapping

Prince William, heir to the throne of the United Kingdom, agreed out of court in 2020 with NGN, owner of “The Sun”, to settle his lawsuit for eavesdroppingaccording to some documents presented this Tuesday before the High Court of London.

The fact that Guillermo was allegedly compensated by the publishing group News Group Newspapers (NGN), owned by the American Rupert Murdoch, is cited in a text processed before the court by the legal team of his brother, Enrique, who maintains his lawsuit.

Kensington Palace has not commented on these allegations, which will form part of the three-day judicial process that begins this Tuesday before the High Court to analyze the cases of Prince Harry and actor Hugh Grant, two of the many celebrities affected by the scandal of wiretapping in the press.

NGN’s legal strategy has been to ask the court to dismiss this and other lawsuits related to espionage committed over the years by its heads because, as it alleges, they have prescribed.

To justify the late presentation of his complaint, Enrique’s lawyer, David Sherborne, explains in the documents that he could not do so before because there was a secret pact approved by Elizabeth II between the Royal House and the publishing group by which the royalty would not take measures pending the conclusion of other lawsuits on the same matter.

“It was agreed directly between these parties, not through their lawyers, that upon the conclusion of the ‘wireless voicemail interception’ litigation, News would either admit (its guilt) or settle the (royal’s) lawsuit and I would apologize,” says the lawyer.

Enrique, who found out about the secret agreement in 2012, and the rest of the monarchy began to press in 2017 for NGN to fulfill its part of the deal. Given the lack of progress, in 2019 the youngest son of King Carlos III and his first wife, Diana, decided to raise their private demand.

Sherborne claims in the document that Guillermo “recently settled his lawsuit against NGN behind the scenes,” supposedly in exchange for a large sum.

After these three days of preliminary hearings, the High Court will determine if the cases of Enrique and Hugh Grant meet the requirements to go to trial, which would begin in January 2024.

Harry alleges, among other things, that “The Sun” and the now-defunct “News of the World” illegally meddled in the life of his mother, the late Princess Diana, and his from the age of ten until at least 2016, when he was with Meghan Markle.

The Sunday newspaper “News of the world”, founded in 1843, was closed by Murdoch in 2011 after dozens of accusations of eavesdropping to celebrities.

Enrique accuses “The Sun” of intercepting voicemails and obtaining private information, such as his phone bill or medical records, through deceit and through private detectives.

Also to hire an investigator in the United States, named Danno Hanks, to obtain confidential information about Markle and her family.

Grant accuses him of tapping his home phone, burglarizing his property, and bugging his home and car.

The prince, who lives in the United States after leaving his commitments to the monarchy in 2020, currently has several lawsuits underway against the press, including against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), owner of “The Mail” and “The Mail On Sunday “, and Mirror Group Newspaper (MGN).

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