Duke of Sussex pursues legal action against Mail on Sunday over Royal Marines claim despite apology
The Duke of Sussex. Pictured in his uniform as Captain General of the Royal Marines, he is pursuing legal action against the Mail on Sunday. - EDDIE MULHOLLAND
The Duke of Sussex is pursuing legal action against the Post on Sunday despite a letter apologizing for a claim he failed to maintain contact with the Royal Marines when he stepped down from his royal duties.
The lawsuit, filed in the High Court in November, was the sixth filed by either the Duke or Duchess of Sussex in just over a year.
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The newspaper today published an apology in print and online, revealing that it had made a donation to the Duke's Invictus Games Foundation.
However, the Telegraph is aware that the correction does not mark the end of the case and that a trial is due to take place at the beginning of the new year.
The Duke was forced to give up his military honors, including the role of Captain General of the Royal Marines, when he left Britain in March.
The Sunday mail read: “An article dated October 25, 2020 reported that Prince Harry had been accused by a Colonel General of having turned his back on the Royal Marines since retiring from his military roles in March He had failed to reply to a letter from Lord Dannatt, a former chief of staff.
“We now understand that Harry has been in private contact with persons in the military, including the Royal Marines, since March to offer informal assistance and that he originally wrote the letter from Lord Dannatt referred to in the article has not received administrative questions to which he has responded since becoming aware. We apologize to Prince Harry and have made a donation to the Invictus Games Foundation. "
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pictured at Canada House in London in January - Toby Melville / Reuters
The Duchess of Sussex is also suing Associated for privacy and copyright violations after The Mail on Sunday released excerpts from a letter she sent to her father, Thomas Markle.
The trial was scheduled for January, but the Duchess successfully requested an adjournment for confidential reasons and will now be negotiated next fall.
However, a motion for a summary judgment that would resolve the case without a full trial by the judge will be heard next month.
The Duke is also suing The Sun and Daily Mirror for alleged phone hacking, claiming his voicemails were illegally intercepted.
In July, it emerged that the couple were suing paparazzi for invasion of privacy after drones were allegedly used to snap photos of their son Archie at the house they were staying in in Los Angeles.
The Duchess has filed a lawsuit against Splash News, the picture agency, over allegations that her privacy was breached when she was "grabbed" in January while walking with Archie, then eight months old, and her dogs on Vancouver Island, Canada.
Splash has agreed not to take photos of the family if they come from the administration, the high court heard earlier this month.
The Duke and Duchess are hoping to spend more time in the UK next year but plan to attend events marking the Duke of Edinburgh's 100th birthday and the unveiling of a statue of Diana, Princess of Wales, on July 1, which was her 60th Birthday, are subject to coronavirus restrictions.
A source close to the couple denied claims that the couple plan to return to the UK in the New Year to arrange an extension for dealing with Buckingham Palace via their new working life outside the royal family. A 12 month review period expires on March 31st.
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