Prince Harry Loses Bid To Have Murdoch Claims Included In Trial

On Tuesday, Prince Harry and other high-profile persons failed to make direct accusations against Rupert Murdoch in their action against his UK publishing arm for illicit information collecting.

Harry is one of scores of claimants suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) on allegations that they were regularly targeted by journalists and private investigators working for the Sun newspaper.

Last month, High Court Judge Timothy Fancourt determined that the claim against Murdoch’s British tabloid business could proceed to trial next year.

On Tuesday, however, he rejected pleas to incorporate new charges that the 93-year-old Murdoch had firsthand knowledge of improper actions in the case.

Fancourt stated that he had “refused permission for new allegations against Rupert Murdoch personally and some other senior executives, on the basis that these add nothing to the allegations already made against other senior executives at NGN and its parent companies” .

Other claimants in the action include filmmaker Guy Ritchie, numerous former high-ranking officials, and campaigner Doreen Lawrence, whose son Stephen was killed in a racist attack in London in 1993.

Hugh Grant settled his action against NGN last month, citing a desire to avoid a potential million-pound litigation bill.

NGN, which disputes allegations of illicit activities, stated that the claim was settled “without admitting liability” and that it was “in both parties’ financial interests not to proceed to a costly trial.”

Harry has brought multiple cases against UK newspaper publishers.

This year, Harry, the younger son of King Charles III, resolved a long-running case against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN), saying its journalists were engaged to misleading and unlawful practices, including phone hacking.

The prince, who left the royal frontline and relocated to the United States in 2020, is also taking legal action against Associated Newspapers, the publisher of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.

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