The Duke of Sussex will be returning to London soon as his court case continues

Prince Harry’s unique legal connection with Princess Anne revealed

In the trial being held against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) over alleged illegal information gathering, including phone hacking, the Prince and other prominent figures are expected to call Prince Harry back to London the following week as a witness.

Since Harry’s aunt, Princess Anne, no member of the royal family has given a courtroom testimony for more than 20 years.


Prince Harry will return to London soon
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A charge under the Dangerous Dogs Act required the Princess Royal to appear in court back in 2002 after her pet English Bull Terrier, Dotty, bit two children in Windsor Great Park. She entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to probation.

In addition to being fined £500 for the assault, Anne was also required to pay £148 in costs, £250 in compensation, and training for Dotty.


Princess Anne appeared in court in 2002
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Four representative claimants have had their cases chosen for the trial, including Harry. The other three are comedian Paul Whitehouse’s ex-wife Fiona Wightman, actors Michael Turner and Nikki Sanderson from Coronation Street, and them.

The two-time father is anticipated to show up on Monday and testify the following day. After his youngest child, Princess Lilibet, turns two on Sunday, June 4, he will travel.


The Prince leaving King Charles III and Queen Camilla’s coronation


He last visited the nation on May 6 for the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla, though he left right away and skipped any associated festivities or the concert, possibly in part because the occasion fell on his son Archie’s fourth birthday.


Prince Harry lighting the candle on his daughter’s first birthday cake
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Harry is unlikely to have the opportunity to see his father again because the monarch is scheduled to travel to Transylvania and will be staying in the isolated, rustic farmhouse he purchased in the hamlet of Viscri in 2006.

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He will have the chance to meet with the nation’s president, Klaus Iohannis, while he is there, where he is anticipated to stay for at least a week.


Charles’ Romanian home has a rustic feel
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He usually stays a few days here and then rents out the guest house to the general public. The Blue House has seven double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a drawing and dining room, a sitting room, a kitchen, and other common areas.


Prince Harry and his father in 2015
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An enormous bread oven is part of the guest house’s outdoor breakfast barn. Harry and his family are now contentedly settled in sunny Montecito, California, not far from Los Angeles, where his wife Meghan Markle was raised. Harry retired from the royal life in early 2020.


The Prince talking to his aunt at the coronation
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The couple has retreated to their $14 million mansion since the Woman of Vision Awards 2023 in New York earlier this month, where the mother-of-two was honored with a prestigious award.

Following that, the couple got into what they called a “near catastrophic car chase” with paparazzi photographers.


Meghan and Harry moved to California after leaving royal life
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The Duchess of Sussex benefits from having a close relationship with her mother Doria Ragland and only being two hours away from her. Photos of the exterior of Doria’s property, which she inherited in 2011, show a clay roof, a lime green exterior, and palm trees framing either side of the front walkway.

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