Prince Harry made a statement against the British press and government when he took the stand in his lawsuit against the Daily Mirror tabloid today 6 June.
Harry testified in court that “our country is judged globally by the state of our press and government, both of which I believe are at rock bottom.”
His attendance on the witness stand was highly historic because it was the first time in more than 130 years that a senior monarch appeared in court.
“Democracy fails,” he said, “when your press fails to scrutinize and hold the Government accountable, and instead chooses to get in bed with them so they can ensure the status quo.”
Harry claims that the Daily Mirror used illegal means, such as phone hacking, to learn details about him. His blatant statement against the UK government is unprecedented, as royals have made it a point to stay out of politics over the years.
How much more blood will be spilled on (journalists’) typing fingers before this lunacy is stopped? In court, Harry questioned. He also referenced his mother, Princess Diana, during his testimony, adding, “I’ve always heard people refer to my mother as paranoid, but she wasn’t.
She was afraid of what was happening to her, and I can see that I was too. According to CNN, Harry also claimed that numerous publications about him had a “destructive role” in his childhood and adolescence but was unable to provide any specific examples.
“Because it’s 20 years ago, I can’t speculate,” Harry explained.
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have made their opposition to the media and the royal family known in public ever since Harry stepped down from his senior royal duties at the beginning of 2020.
In their 2022 docu-series, they dove deep into their accusations that the royal family did not protect Meghan from harmful stories written about her amidst her relationship with Harry.
After leaving life in the UK, Prince Harry and Meghan relocated to California, where they live now with their two children. However, Harry returned to the UK for his testimony.