Prince Harry blames royal family for delay in hacking suit

Prince Harry has accused the royal family of delaying his lawsuit against a newspaper for alleged phone hacking.

The Duke of Sussex, who is suing Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), the publisher of The Mail on Sunday, for alleged misuse of private information, has suggested that the royal family has blocked progress on the case.

In a statement issued by his legal team, Prince Harry said: “I have been informed that the Royal Family, specifically with the involvement of the Duke of Cambridge, is blocking the prosecution of the case.

“It is doubtless very concerning that the Royal Family, having been made aware of the extensive evidence of the phone hacking which I have provided to the police and to the court, is choosing to stand in the way of the victims of press intrusion seeking justice.”

Prince Harry is claiming that the newspaper illegally obtained and published a private letter he wrote to his father, the Prince of Wales, in October 2019.

The statement said: “The Duke of Sussex’s legal team is dismayed that the Royal Family is being used as an apparent smokescreen to delay justice in this case.”

The royal family has yet to comment on the accusations.

Prince Harry's legal team has called on the newspaper to “stop using the Royal Family as a shield and to allow justice to take its course”.

The case is currently ongoing in the High Court in London.