Duke of Sussex files libel claim against Mail publisher

The Duke of Sussex has launched a libel action in the High Court against the publisher of the Daily Mail.

Our documents show that Harry filed a complaint against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) on Wednesday afternoon.

The claim is understood to relate to an article published by The Mail On Sunday on Sunday February 20 about his family’s safety concerns, under the headline ‘Revealed: How Harry tried to keep his legal battle with bodyguards a secret’ .

The Duke is currently bringing charges against News Group Newspapers, which publishes The Sun, and Mirror Group Newspapers, now Reach, which publishes The Mirror, for alleged phone hacking and unlawful news gathering.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Yui Mok/PA)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Yui Mok/PA)

Harry, 37, is also embroiled in a dispute with the Home Office over its security arrangements while in the UK.

He is challenging in the High Court a decision by the Home Office not to allow him to personally pay for police protection for himself and his family while in the UK.

Harry wants to bring his son Archie and granddaughter Lilibet on a visit from the US, but his lawyers say he and his family are ‘unable to return home’ as it is too dangerous.

This follows an incident in London in the summer of 2021 when his safety was compromised after his car was chased by paparazzi photographers as he left a charity event.

His wife, the Duchess of Sussex, previously successfully sued ANL over articles reproducing parts of a “personal and private” handwritten letter to her estranged father, Thomas Markle.

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The Duchess of Sussex (Jeremy Selwyn/Evening Standard/PA)


The Duchess of Sussex (Jeremy Selwyn/Evening Standard/PA)

The Duchess of Sussex (Jeremy Selwyn/Evening Standard/PA)

Meghan was awarded £1 in nominal damages, along with an undisclosed sum she donated to charity, after winning her case.

ANL was also ordered to issue a front-page apology and pay the Duchess’ legal costs.

An appeal by the ANL was rejected by the senior judges in December last year.

A spokesperson for the Duke said: “I can confirm that the Duke has lodged a complaint against Associated Newspapers Limited.”

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