Prince Harry in a lengthy emotional statement shared on Tuesday, October 1 revealed that they have initiated legal action against the Mail on Sunday newspaper over the publication of a private letter which their lawyers said was “unlawful”.
“There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour, because it destroys people and destroys lives. Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people. We all know this isn’t acceptable, at any level. We won’t and can’t believe in a world where there is no accountability for this” Prince Harry said.
“Though this action may not be the safe one, it is the right one.
“My deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”
The Duke of Sussex added: “Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son. There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been.”
Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana who died in 1997 in a car crash in a Paris tunnel while being chased by photographers was one of the most photographed women on earth, following her marriage into the British royal family.
Harry said the newspaper had “purposely misled (readers) by strategically omitting select paragraphs, specific sentences, and even singular words.”
However, Mail on Sunday had denied the claim, insisting they will be defending their case vigorously.
“The Mail on Sunday stands by the story it published and will be defending this case vigorously,” said a spokesman.
“Specifically, we categorically deny that the Duchess’s letter was edited in any way that changed its meaning.”