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Nosy Helicopter Forced Harry, Meghan to Move

Prince accepts settlement for damages over press intrusion
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 16, 2019 12:15 PM CDT
Britain's Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex meets members of the public as he arrives for a visit to Barton Neighbourhood Centre in Oxford, England Tuesday, May 14, 2019.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool)

(Newser) – Prince Harry settled privacy and data protection claims Thursday against a news agency that hovered over his home in a helicopter and took photos directly into his living room and bedroom. Harry accepted substantial damages and an apology from Splash News and Picture Agency, per the AP. The figure was not disclosed. In a statement read at High Court in London on Harry's behalf, his attorney Gerrard Tyrrell said the home was chosen because of "the high level of privacy it afforded," but that now Harry and his wife Meghan feel "they are no longer able to live at the property."

The agency pledged to "cease and desist from selling, issuing, publishing or making available the photographs." Splash also promised "not repeat its conduct by using any aerial means to take photographs or film footage of the duke's private home." Splash says it "recognized that this situation represents an error of judgment" and promised it would not happen again. The royals have in the past sought to defend their privacy rights in the courts. Harry's brother William and his wife Kate sued a French gossip magazine, for example, in a case of topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge. (Also: Here's everything you need to know about the new royal baby's name.)


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