Photo agency settles with Harry and Meghan over photos of their son at home
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have reached an agreement with a photo agency that took unauthorized photos of their young son at home, according to court documents filed Thursday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex filed a lawsuit in July alleging unnamed paparazzi photographers used drones and helicopters to take "illegal" photos of their son Archie at the family's private residence in California when he was Was 14 months old.
Court documents filed Thursday with the Los Angeles District Supreme Court said X17 Photo Agency had agreed to stop distributing pictures of Archie and his maternal grandmother in a garden at their family's home, and to stop sharing the original pictures and to hand over all copies.
X17 also apologized to the family.
"We apologize to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their son for the hardship we have caused," X17 said in a statement. "We made a mistake in offering these photos and pledged not to do so again."
The agency also agreed to pay some of the family's legal fees, according to a Michael Kump, an attorney for the couple.
"This is a successful result," said Kump in a statement. "All families have the legally protected right to feel safe and secure at home."
Meghan, Harry and Archie now live in Los Angeles after the couple stepped down from royal roles in late March to forge new careers. They left the UK after becoming increasingly hostile to the intense media coverage of their personal lives.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Richard Pullin)
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