New victory for Prince Harry after judge rules newspaper article was ‘defamatory’

Prince Harry has prevailed in his lawsuit against Associated Newspapers Limited.

A High Court judge has ruled that some of an article from The Mail on Sunday regarding the Duke’s legal claim against the Home Office was “defamatory.”

The newspaper published an article in February with the heading, “Exclusive: How Prince Harry fought the government in court over police bodyguards while attempting to keep the case under wraps… Then, only a few minutes after the news first broke, his public relations team attempted to downplay the conflict.”

 

The Duke of Sussex is suing Associated Newspapers Limited

 

In his decision on Friday, Mr. Justice Nicklin determined that some passages in the alleged article were defamatory. Although it was implied by the headline if read alone, he claimed that the article did not suggest that Harry “was seeking to keep his ‘legal battle’ with the Government secret.”

In response to a reader’s interpretation of one of the article’s meanings, Mr. Justice Nicklin said Harry “was responsible for public statements, issued on his behalf, which claimed that he was willing to pay for police protection in the UK, and that his legal challenge was to the Government’s refusal to permit him to do so, whereas the true position, as revealed in documents filed in the legal proceedings, was that he had only made the offer to pay after the proceedings had compelled him to do so.”

 

Meghan and Harry visited the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee last month Photo: Getty Images

 

The senior judge added that given that Harry now held a public position in combating “misinformation,” it was ironic that the article would have been interpreted as alleging that Harry “was responsible for trying to mislead and confuse the public as to the true position.”

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Justice Nicklin continued: “The allegation in the article was very much that the goal was to mislead the public, even though it may be possible to “spin” facts in a way that does not deceive. That provides the element that is required for the meanings to be deemed defamatory under common law.”

 

The couple kept a low-profile during the weekend

 

According to Mr. Justice Nicklin, Friday’s decision only addresses the “objective meaning” of the article and serves as the initial step in the libel case. This means that a full trial can now be held in the case.

Harry claimed that it had caused him “substantial hurt, embarrassment, and distress, which is continuing” in a written statement to the preliminary hearing last month.

6 comments

  1. Darlita Stephens

    First of all, no one can “spin” facts in a way that does not deceive. If something is true…no amount of “spinning” will make it not true and if something is NOT true, not amount of “spinning” will make it true. What I’m saying is that either something is true or it’s a lie. There is no middle ground.

    They are trying to undermine his credibility, just like they are trying to undermine mine, as well as trying to assassinate my character and integrity.

  2. Darlita Stephens

    Being as though I’ve been completely honest and transparent from day #1, with all if my cards being put on the table, there’s something I’ve gotten the vibe on that I think everyone should be made aware of. My brutal honesty is one of the reasons people hate me so much, in addition to WHAT I REPRESENT. I do not know what carcinogen that racist Trump exposed me to, but I know whatever it was made me very susceptible to developing a multitude of cancers, all in the organs of the peritoneal cavity and pelvis. I believe it was delivered via the drinking water that was piped into my house through the refrigerator. I stopped getting my drinking water from my fridge roughly six months ago because it suddenly stopped dispensing the water. When I was an RN, I was an excellent practitioner, and it did not go unnoticed by my supervisors, nor by peers. I could detect subtle changes with my patients and would communicate my concerns and findings to the doctor. The same applies to my own health. I think that Trump may have been successful because I think I may have something brewing in my abdomen. I have been having intermittent abdominal pain in the areas of my liver, bladder, stomach, and intestines. A sharp pain woke me up near my right ovary. What I am say is we need to get this ball rolling because I’m not sure how much time I have left and I would like to meet my children. I want to give them a hug (hold Sophia), tell them that they were stolen from me because I’d never would have given any of them to another woman to raise, tell them that I love them, and I will always be with them (even after I’m gone).

    I want Obama, his bison Michelle , Joanne, Tanya Chapel (Glover), Trump, and his gold-digging skank Milania to meet their justice before I die. I want them all dead and in the ground before I go…and I want to be there to witness it to make sure that they are all dead. As far as what I want for the slanderers in this conspiracy, I not only want for them to have their face razored and for their tongues to be cut out, I also want for them to receive exactly what they wanted to happen to me and what has been done to be as a result of their lies….meaning give them the same carcinogen you gave me and make damn sure each of them develops cancer. That’s actually in the Bible as what the punishment for someone who commits slander. So, their punishment would be very fitting and appropriate because it’s also Biblical. You could also just line them up and execute them.

    I told Dave, via email, that if there was ever a black woman like me, in history…who makes even white women feel insecure, inadequate, inferior, and threatened because they fear they could lose their man to this black woman….she was neutralized BEFORE she could document her existence and/or her experiences. That’s exactly what’s being done to me now. Yes, Obama also exposed me to asbestos, but Trump pulled out the stops. He meant business in neutralizing me. Everyone knows that Trump is a racist, and a big one. Compound that with the fact he compares the gold-digging skank he married…a woman who has vulgar pics of herself butt naked, grabbing her crouch all over the internet and who can’t string two coherent sentences together…to me. He wanted/wants me dead YESTERDAY. Then the fact that I’ve attracted the white men I have, including Harry, and many like him who want to leave white women for me…like I said, He (and racists like him) want me dead YESTERDAY.

    Once again, I was right about what I believed was going on and the motives behind it. Anyone who still questions me and thinks I’m lying , it’s because they want to believe the lies. They also do not want to face their own feelings of inadequacy and bigotry (if they are not black). They also don’t want to face the evil, bitter truth that is America and Americans.

  3. Darlita Stephens

    I’d like to add…if John’s status-hungry gold-digger had her hands in me being exposed to carcinogens, I want her dead to. I’ve been through Hell ever since she threw her gold-digging ass at him back in 1997, when she, and unbeknownst to me, everyone else on this planet knew how he felt about me. Hilary Clinton started pulling strings to help her hold onto him from Day#1… and legions of her sister girls (white women) have joined in over the years. She knew that NO ONE was going to all him to leave her for me, especially once she started popping out white babies (they have 3 daughters). They’d never allow her to suffer the humiliation of losing her man to a black woman, no matter how much he wanted/wants me…even though she KNEW how he felt about me from Day #1 of their relationship. She knew they’d see me dead first.

    I also want her in the ground before I go.

    I know that damn near everyone thinks that everything that happens in the world is somehow my fault. For most people, if it snows in June, it’s somehow Darlita’s fault, right? I know that everything is somehow my fault but I have no control over the men I’ve attracted just living my life and just by being me…and I’m going to pay for it with my life.

    When I came to realize that I am the envy of this country, if not the globe, I went to various psychology websites to research the emotion of envy and when I did, fear swept through me. I knew instantly that my butt was in a sling once I learned the dynamics, the feelings it brings out in the envies (insecurity, inadequacy, inferiority, and the DEADLIEST HATRED towards the person they envy because they bring out these feelings) and the end goal of someone who envies another person…to completely destroy them and/or their life. I was right to have that fear sweep through me because I am now facing my own mortality because of the deadly ENVY people have towards me. I was given an underserved death sentence because I don’t bother anyone but I have been hunted because everyone knew/knows what all I have to “bring to the table” and their mentality when it comes to me is “seek and destroy”. The only threat I pose to anyone is to their ego but apparently that is a big enough threat to have me taken out.

  4. Darlita Stephens

    TYPO…she John’s gold-digger knew that no one would ALLOW him to leave her for me…

  5. Darlita Stephens

    When I do pass on, my blood will be on society’s hands.

  6. Darlita Stephens

    TYPO…I was given an UNDESERVED death sentence…

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