Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, returned to the UK to attend a trial against Associated Newspapers Limited, or ANL.
On Monday, Harry was joined in London’s High Court by Sir Elton John, John’s partner David Furnish, Sadie Frost, and Doreen Baroness Lawrence.
According to court documents obtained by The Independent, Harry felt “largely deprived” of his youth as a result of ANL, the Daily Mail’s publisher.
On Harry’s behalf, Barrister David Sherbone stated that he is “troubled that, through Associated’s unlawful acts, he was largely deprived of important aspects of his teenage years.”
Sherbone continued, “In particular, suspicion and paranoia was caused by Associated’s publication of the unlawful articles: friends were lost or cut off as a result and everyone became a ‘suspect’ since he was misled by the way that the articles were written into believing that those close to him were the source of this information being provided to Associated’s newspapers.”
“The claimant regards Associated’s unlawful acts to amount to a major betrayal given promises made by the media to improve its conduct following the tragic and untimely death of his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997,” he concluded.
This is just one of many lawsuits Harry has filed against the British media.
He’s also suing Associated Newspapers for defamation in connection with an article in the Mail on Sunday titled “Exclusive: How Prince Harry tried to keep his legal battle with the government over police bodyguards a secret… then – just minutes after the story broke – his PR machine tried to put a positive spin on the dispute.”
The Mail on Sunday’s implication that the Duke of Sussex lied in his initial statements regarding the security lawsuit, according to Prince Harry, libelled him.
According to the BBC, ANL regards the allegations as “preposterous smears.”