The Duke of Sussex appeared at the High Court last week

Prince Harry to make second UK trip after surprise court appearance

In order to present evidence in support of his lawsuit against a tabloid newspaper publisher over phone-hacking allegations, the Duke of Sussex is scheduled to return to the High Court in London in June.

In this case, Prince Harry will be one of many well-known people suing Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) for allegedly gathering illegal information at its publications.


Prince Harry made three appearances at the High Court last week
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At a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Julian Santos, who was representing Harry and the other parties bringing claims, stated that all of their witnesses would be testifying in person.

Mr. Santos informed the High Court in London that “the claimants are not applying for any of their witnesses to give evidence via video link.”

MGN denies the allegations, claiming that some of them were made too late.

The estate of the late singer George Michael, singer Cheryl, ex-footballer and television presenter Ian Wright, and actor Ricky Tomlinson are among the other famous people involved.


Harry arriving at the High Court in London
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Both News Group Newspapers (NGN), publisher of the now-defunct News Of The World and The Sun, and MGN, publisher of publications such as The Mirror, Sunday Mirror, and Sunday People, have previously settled claims brought against them regarding the unlawful gathering of information.

This indicates that the Duke will visit the High Court again this year to give testimony.

Last week, Harry made an unexpected appearance at the High Court to take part in a four-day preliminary hearing in his separate privacy case against Associated Newspapers Ltd., the Daily Mail’s publisher (ANL).

The Duke is one of seven well-known plaintiffs who have filed claims in response to allegations that (ANL) engaged in or commissioned illegal or unlawful information gathering, along with Sir Elton John and Elizabeth Hurley.

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Prince Harry arriving at court last week
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Allegations include accessing and recording private phone conversations as well as hiring private investigators to install listening devices inside cars, both of which are denied.

It is unknown if the Sussex couple will attend King Charles’s coronation on May 6, which also happens to be Archie’s birthday.

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