Prince Harry on Feb. 1 accepted an apology while settling a legal dispute with the British tabloid the MailOnline and Mail on Sunday.
Prince Harry had sued the media outlets for libel over a couple of articles that were published back in Oct., which accused him of treating the Royal Marines disrespectfully after stepping down as a senior royal. The article had claimed that Harry had “not been in touch” with the forces after he appeared as an honorary Marine in Mar., according to CNN.
Moreover, the report claims the military leaders were planning to replace Harry as Captain-General of the Royal Marines. Harry’s lawyer, Jenny Afia on Monday said that the “baseless, false and defamatory” stories published constituted a personal attack on his character but also wrongly raised questions regarding his service to the country.
Afia said that Prince Harry had settled the legal dispute, accepting “significant damages” over the article. The Duke has served for a decade in the British army and his lawyers claimed that the articles caused considerable damage to his reputation and credibility with veterans.
“Proud to have served in the British armed forces in Her Majesty’s name,” Afia said. She added that he has maintained active links with those forces ever since and will continue to do so in the future. She also noted that Prince Harry has requested to donate the damages to the Invictus Games Foundation, which is a charity for wounded or sick servicemen and women that he founded.
Details about the settlement amount have been kept under wraps, however, it is worth noting that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have canceled all dealing with big tabloids including the Daily Mail in 2020 citing years of strained relations. In another case, the former Suits actress is suing Associated Newspapers for an invasion of privacy and copyright infringement over articles that published portions of a letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle after she tied the knot in 2018.
The pair has had a rough time with the media since they got together. They have repeatedly spoken out against what they describe as relentless and aggressive coverage of Meghan in particular. Stay tuned to WittyScoop for the latest Royal Family news.