"It is important to bear in mind that in responding to this bid by NGN to prevent his claims going to trial, the claimant has had to make public the details of this secret agreement, as well as the fact that his brother, His Royal Highness, Prince William, has recently settled his claim against NGN behind the scenes," the court filings said, as quoted by media.WorldPrince Harry ‘Had Hearty Talk With King Charles’ Before Agreeing to Attend Coronation16 April, 10:47 GMTAt the same time, NGN denied the existence of such a secret agreement, and a spokesman for Buckingham Palace refused to comment on the ongoing trial.Meanwhile, lawyers representing Prince Harry said the late Queen Elizabeth gave the duke permission in 2017 to seek the truth in court and try to get a personal apology from Murdoch.The hearing on the case will take place after the coronation of King Charles III and will decide whether the case will go to trial. It marks just one of four cases being pursued by Prince Harry against UK media.
Allegations of hacking by British tabloids began to surface in the late 2000s, with the editor of the defunct News of the World and a private investigator later going on to be convicted in 2007 for the illegal practice. Talk of the unlawful behavior resurfaced in 2010 after it was determined that British police had been complicit.
It was previously noted that William's voicemails had been hacked upwards of 30 times, with Harry's just on nine occasions. The phone belonging to the Princess of Wales occurred more than 150 times.