Prince Harry receives apology over ‘false’ article by British tabloid
01 Feb 2021
Prince Harry gestures for a photograph during an event. File photo
Gulf Today Report
Prince Harry has received an apology and substantial damages by British tabloid, the Mail on Sunday after he sued the tabloid for libel over claims he had turned his back on the military when he ended his royal role.
The paper issued an apology to the Duke of Sussex over an article published on October 25, 2020, stating that he hadn’t been in contact with the Royal Marines since his royal exit.
Harry launched the legal action after an article in the paper in October said he had lost touch with the Marines, a commando force of the British navy with which he had a formal relationship until he stepped back from royal duties last March, according to Reuters.
It added that Queen Elizabeth's grandson, officially titled the Duke of Sussex, had snubbed the armed forces and ignored correspondence from a former British military chief.
Queen Elizabeth II attends a ceremony. File photo
"All of these allegations are false as the Mail on Sunday and the Mail Online have accepted, albeit after considerable damage was already done," His lawyer, Jenny Afia, told a remote hearing at London's High Court on Monday.
The paper had agreed to pay damages which Harry would donate to the Invictus Games, an international sporting event he founded for military personnel wounded in action, she said.
Harry, who served in the armed forces for a decade and saw active service twice in Afghanistan before taking on the role of a full-time senior royal, had been appointed as Captain General Royal Marines by his grandmother in 2017.
But, as part of an arrangement negotiated with the queen and other senior royals, he had to give up the title when he quit official duties and moved to the United States with his wife Meghan and their son Archie.