Prince Harry is suing the publishers of a British newspaper for libel in what will be the couple’s sixth lawsuit in a year. Earlier, his wife Meghan Markle sued the Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Mail over breach of copyright and data protection. A spokesman for Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth, declined to comment, reported Reuters. Harry’s decision comes after a Sunday article, published in October stated that he had lost touch with the Royal Marines, a commando force of the British navy with whom he had a formal relationship during his time as a working royal, since stepping back from royal duties earlier this year.
Harry, who served in the armed forces for a decade before taking on the role of a full-time senior royal, had been appointed as Captain General Royal Marines by his grandmother in 2017. As part of an arrangement negotiated with the queen and other senior royals, he had to give up the title in March, when he moved to the United States with Meghan and the couple’s son Archie. British media reported at the time he was upset at having to relinquish the military connections, which he highly valued.
Meghan’s own separate lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday publishers is in relation to articles published in 2019 that included parts of a handwritten letter she sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in 2018. The Duchess of Sussex’s legal team said the letter was released as part of a campaign “to publish false and deliberately derogatory stories about her.” Back in October, Harry released a statement in which he claimed the publication “vilified [Markle] almost daily for the past nine months” and edited her letter to manipulate the reader. “In addition to their unlawful publication of this private document, they purposely misled you [the reader] by strategically omitting select paragraphs, specific sentences, and even singular words to mask the lies they had perpetuated for over a year,” added Harry at the time. A spokesperson for the newspaper previously defended its decision to publish the story, stating, “We categorically deny that the Duchess’s letter was edited in any way that changed its meaning.”