Prince Harry and Elton John sue the Daily Mail over alleged privacy breach

Brian Burns / October 05,2022
Prince Harry and Elton John sue the Daily Mail over alleged privacy breach

Prince Harry and Elton John sue the Daily Mail over alleged privacy breach

Sir Elton John and Prince Harry have joined several public figures taking legal action against the publisher of the Daily Mail, alleging “gross breaches of privacy”.

The Duke of Sussex, Baroness Doreen Lawrence and actresses Sadie Frost and Elizabeth Hurley have also filed cases against Associated Newspapers Ltd, the BBC reports.

The company’s alleged activity includes having listening devices secretly placed inside people’s cars and homes.

A press release from Harry’s legal firm Hamlins said the public figures had been the victims of “abhorrent criminal activity and gross breaches of privacy by Associated Newspapers”.

The breaches included placing listening devices inside cars and homes, bugging phone calls, paying police for information and impersonating individuals to obtain medical records.

David Furnish and Elizabeth Hurley are among the high-profile litigants. Photo: Getty

“They have now therefore banded together to uncover the truth, and to hold the journalists responsible fully accountable, many of whom still hold senior positions of authority and power today,” said the Hamlins statement.

Hamlins said it was representing Harry and Frost. Hurley, Elton and his husband and Lawrence are being represented by the gunnercooke law firm.

A spokesman for ANL described the allegations as “preposterous smears”.

In a statement, the newspaper group said: “We utterly and unambiguously refute these preposterous smears which appear to be nothing more than a pre-planned and orchestrated attempt to drag the Mail titles into the phone hacking scandal concerning articles up to 30 years old.

“These unsubstantiated and highly defamatory claims — based on no credible evidence — appear to be simply a fishing expedition by claimants and their lawyers, some of whom have already pursued cases elsewhere.”

Hamlins said the individuals had become aware of “highly distressing” evidence that they had been victims of privacy breaches.

Prince Harry and Elton John are alleging ‘gross breaches of privacy’. Photo: Getty

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have already brought a number of lawsuits against Associated Newspapers publications.

The Duke of Sussex launched action in February against the Mail on Sunday for libel and last year won damages from the same paper over claims he had turned his back on the Royal Marines.

Meghan won a privacy case against the publisher last December for printing a letter she had written to her estranged father.