Prince Harry won his latest legal action against NGN, the trial is still set for 2025

This week, we learned that Hugh Grant got an out-of-court settlement from The Sun (News Group Newspapers, or NGN) for their years of hacking, stalking and harassment. Grant explained why he basically had to take the settlement offer, because if he didn’t, he would have likely been on the hook for millions in legal bills. Grant and Prince Harry were part of the same group suing NGN, and Harry’s lawyer David Sherbourne confirmed to the court this week that NGN had also made a settlement offer to Harry… but as everyone can see, Harry is hellbent on going to trial. So, there was some good news – NGN’s lawyers were not able to delay the trial any further, and Harry’s trial is still scheduled for early next year.

The Duke of Sussex has won the latest skirmish in his legal battle with the publisher of The Sun after the High Court rejected an application to delay a trial, insisting it should go ahead as planned next January

News Group Newspapers (NGN) had applied to push back the trial for alleged unlawful information gathering in order to allow the court to determine whether the claims, by Prince Harry and 41 others, were brought too late.

But Mr Justice Fancourt said that to do so would likely push the full trial back another two years, incurring significant extra cost in what has already proved to be “very expensive litigation”.

“I consider there are too few advantages at this stage to abandoning the orderly preparation of a trial on all issues to instead have a trial on only one issue,” he told the court. He said the January 2025 trial date had been set in November 2022 and that NGN had left it too late to raise an objection.

“It would be quite a serious thing to overturn at such a late stage,” he said, noting that all existing parties had “been working for years” on the case. The judge said a large amount of preparation had already been done “at considerable expense” with a view to all issues being tried in 2025.

[From The Telegraph]

I understand that certain issues need statutes of limitations, but it remains bonkers to me how British laws have been twisted to protect the blackmailers and criminals in the press. It’s insane that someone learns, years or even decades after the fact, that they’ve been hacked and they can’t do anything about it because too much time has passed… meanwhile, the press have been actively obfuscating, lying and covering up their illegal actions for years. Anyway, I’m glad the judge wasn’t buying it.

Speaking of lies and defamation, you know how Prince William’s old private secretary Simon Case was one of the architects of the campaign against the Sussexes circa 2018-19? Well, surprise surprise, Case is being credibly accused of creating a hostile racist work environment when he was in Boris Johnson’s cabinet.

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  1. sevenblue says:

    Oh my! Wow, so Will was employing a guy who creates hostile racist working environment. But, I thought they are very much not a racist family?

    I hope, Harry gets his day in court and makes all the tabloid lawyers eat their words like he did at the Mirror case.

    • Smices says:

      And when she complained, she was accused of “bullying” by an anonymous party. Sound familiar?

  2. Amy Bee says:

    I guess we can assume that Harry’s proceeding with the case. You would think that for an organisation that claims to be innocent that they would want the case to be over and done with as soon as possible. As for Simon Case, nobody surprised by this. I have no doubt that Meghan was put through hell by Case and the KP staff.

  3. Sunday says:

    We can’t underestimate the mafioso tactics being used by these tabloid criminals to intimidate people into dropping their cases. Prince Harry is a real one. What he’s doing is incredibly important and takes real courage, on his part and on Meghan’s.

  4. Jais says:

    Sounds like Simon Case ran the exact same playbook at Downing Street and accused the woman who reported racist behavior of being a bully. Apparently if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. He seems truly terrible. And has his health improved enough to stand questioning for partygate? Or did that happen and I missed it? Is he still on that health sabbatical that has conveniently prevented him from answering questions?

  5. Cee says:

    Harry is determined to see this through even if winning implies losing millions of pounds. It’s not about money it’s about exposing them all ON THE RECORD.

    • Where'sMyTiara says:

      And getting accountability that will hopefully protect his children in the future.

  6. Lulu says:

    As I understand Hugh Grant’s post, even if he were to win and if the judgement was 1 penny less than the offered settlement, he would be on the hook for BOTH sides’ legal fees, likely tens or even hundreds of millions. Is this true for Harry? Could he win yet end up bankrupt?

    • sevenblue says:

      I doubt the lawyers fee would amount to hundreds of millions. We don’t know how much Harry was offered as settlement. From the Mirror case, I have read that they lowballed him, so there was no risk of getting less than settlement amount. Murdoch has deeper pockets, but their hatred for Harry may prevent them from offering a generous settlement amount, especially when they plan to make profits from hundreds of articles they are gonna write about Harry’s future court statements.

  7. Mary Pester says:

    First question, how can they justify saying that the case had been brought to late, when they have already paid out to two of the claimants in this action. Second question, is knaph going to come back to run an investigation about bullying accusations against Mr case 😂😂😂😂.

    • Jais says:

      I feel like it’s just a matter of time before Knauf comes back in some way or another. The whole Meghan is a bully was literally an e-mail between him and Case right?

  8. Saucy&Sassy says:

    I wonder if NGN only wanted to settle for hacking and blagging, but didn’t want a money settlement on the burglary, phone tapping, etc.? This trial is going to expose so much more criminal behavior than the previous one. I wonder what has to happen before the police finally start investigating?

    I assume if Harry wins on some of his specific criminal allegations and not others then he may only get his attorneys fees for the ones he wins on. Does he have to pay NGN’s attorneys fees on the specific criminal allegations he doesn’t win?

  9. TN Democrat says:

    Good luck, Prince Harry! Bankrupt the !@#$ers.

  10. MsDoe says:

    When you start pulling at the threads, it’s fascinating to see that there aren’t as many of them as it appears. Take Simon Case… he sent the Duchess of Sussex on a tour to Morocco, including the Atlas Mountains, when she was 8 months pregnant. He was a member of RAVEC, and denied the Duke and Duchess security, and he was in charge of the process to “investigate” claims of bullying against Meghan. And now we see that he himself has been charged with bullying and racism. Funny that.

  11. bisynaptic says:

    I suspect the economics of the litigation don’t work in Harry’s case, the way to do for other claimants, in favor of settling. As long as he writes a book, makes a documentary, about his fight against the press, he will recoup his potential losses—provided he doesn’t sign an NDA. And the book/documentary that he produces will do more to wake up the UK and the world to the malfeasance of the UK press, than anything else.

    Looking forward to it.