Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have sued over photos of their son, Archie. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle claim the aforesaid photos were most likely captured via a drone or using a telephoto lens while the couple was in their backyard in the L.A. area, which commits a breach of California’s alleged paparazzi law. As part of a controversial move, they stepped down from their royal duties and left the U.K. earlier this year.
Prince Harry and Meghan claim in an invasion of privacy lawsuit that the couple filed in California on Thursday, that they have not been able to get away from the paparazzi, who they suggest have used drones and telephoto lenses to capture unauthorized pictures of their son, Archie. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are seen along with their 14-month-old son in the photo, sitting in the backyard of their estate in the L.A. area where they have holed up for the majority of the year, according to the lawsuit.
The complaint also reveals that the lawsuit does not have the defendants mentioned on it because the couple does not know who captured those photos. Keeping in line with that, the complaint simply listed the defendants as John Does. The couple’s lawyer is leaving no stone unturned in a bid to subpoena people who may know about the intrusions, The New York Times reported.
Prince Harry and Meghan are suing under California’s alleged paparazzi law, which suggests a person can be held liable civilly for airspace intrusions for taking photographs of a person on private property. The lawsuit marks the latest clash between the media and the British royal family over privacy issues.
“The plaintiffs have done everything in their power to stay out of the limelight — except in connection with their work, which they freely admit is newsworthy,” the lawsuit says. “But the photos at issue are not news. They are not in the public interest. They are harassment.”
The couple’s lawyer, Michael J. Kump has a slew of other notable clients including fashion and makeup mogul Kim Kardashian West.