Prince Harry has arrived at the High Court as court proceedings begin in a telephone and privacy wiretapping case.
The Duke of Sussex and others are suing Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL), publishers of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday.
Prince Harry, singer Sir Elton John and actresses Sadie Frost and Liz Hurley were among those who admitted to gathering illegal information.
The publisher described the allegations as “absurd slander.”
Starting Monday, a four-day pre-trial at the Supreme Court will consider the legal arguments, and the judge will decide whether to proceed with the case.
When the lawsuit was announced in October, law firm Hamlins, which represents Prince Harry and Frost, alleged that the ANL’s activities included:
- “Hire private investigators to install listening devices in people’s cars and homes discreetly.
“Designates persons to surreptitiously intercept and record the individual’s private telephone conversations as they occur
“Paying police officers with corrupt ties to private investigators for confidential inside information
“Impersonation of individuals to fraudulently obtain medical information from hospitals, clinics, and private treatment centers
“Access to bank accounts, credit history, and financial transactions through illegal means and manipulation”
In a statement released at the time, the group of newspapers said: “We completely and unequivocally reject this senseless insult, which appears to be nothing more than a deliberate and prearranged attempt to drag Mail headlines into a hacking scandal. phone about the article. At the age of 30, April Year.
“These baseless and highly defamatory allegations – not based on any credible evidence – appear to be mere fishing expeditions by the plaintiffs and their lawyers, some of whom have filed suit elsewhere.”