Prince Harry seeks to win case against press without trial

Prince Harry, the youngest son of King Charles. Archival

Britain's Prince Harry's lawyer says the Duke of Sussex will seek victory in a defamation case against the Associated NewsPapers without recourse to trial, as the prince steps up his legal battles against the tabloid press.

Prince Harry, the youngest son of King Charles, sued the publishing house last year over an article in its Mail on Sunday newspaper alleging that Prince Harry had tried to keep secret details of a separate legal battle he is fighting with the British government over his security arrangements.

London's High Court ruled in July that the newspaper's report was defamatory of the prince, paving the way for Harry to escalate the case and move forward with the prosecution of one of Britain's biggest publishing houses.

The article said Harry, 38, had tried to conceal details of his legal battle to regain his right to police protection, which was withdrawn after Harry stepped down from his royal duties in 2020, and that his aides tried to tell me the truth.

Harry's lawyers confirmed to Reuters they would ask Judge Matthew Nicklin to rule immediately in his favor without the need for a trial.

Two years ago, Prince Harry's American wife, Meghan, 41, was ruled in a privacy case against the Mail on Sunday newspaper for printing and publishing parts of a handwritten letter she sent to her father, Thomas Markle, with whom she has not had a relationship for some time.

Harry and Meghan have been in numerous cases against tabloids since their marriage in 2018.