Prince Harry Has a Major Win in the Fight for His Family's Privacy

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It certainly shouldn't come as a surprise that Prince Harry wants to do everything in his power to protect both Meghan Markle and his son, Archie Harrison, from the invasive paparazzi that have followed him around since his birth. And although in some instances, there's not much the Duke of Sussex can do about the ever-present photographers in his life, Prince Harry's lawsuit statement that was recently read in court shows that he means business -- and that all hope isn't lost when it comes to having a little privacy. 

  • Back in January, Harry filed a lawsuit against a photo agency after they published aerial shots of his country home in the Cotswolds. 

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    Harry and Meghan wound up moving out of their home because they feared for their "safety and security" after the photos, which featured their "living area, dining area, and bedroom," were printed in a newspaper.

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  • The palace recently released a statement on the matter, and on Thursday Prince Harry's personal statement was read in court. 

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     "The Duke of Sussex acknowledges and welcomes the formal apology from Splash News and Picture Agency as referenced in the Statement in Open Court today," the palace's statement read. 

    Meanwhile, in court, here's what Harry's lawyer, Gerrard Tyrrell, read on his behalf: 

    "The property had been chosen by The Duke for himself and his wife given the high level of privacy it afforded given its position in a secluded area surrounded by private farmland away from any areas to which photographers have access. The helicopter flew over the home at a low altitude allowing Splash to take photographs of and into the living area and dining area of the home and directly into the bedroom... The syndication and publication of the photographs very seriously undermined the safety and security of The Duke and the home to the extent that they are no longer able to live at the property.

    [The photo agency] will not repeat its conduct by using any aerial means to take photographs or film footage of the Duke's private home which would infringe privacy or data rights or otherwise be unlawful activity."

  • Splash wound up apologizing for the photos but did have one small issue.

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    "Splash has always recognized that this situation represents an error of judgment and we have taken steps to ensure it will not be repeated," Splash said in a statement. "We apologize to the Duke and Duchess for the distress we have caused."

    However, apparently, Splash was slightly miffed by Harry claiming he and Meghan moved out of their home because of their photos, because other newspapers had already published the pictures.

  • Whether Harry and Meghan's move was Splash's fault or another photo agency's, it's all semantics at this point. 

    At the end of the day, it's obvious that when it comes to protecting his family, Harry isn't messing around.