From Diana to Meghan Markle, the royal family has a long history of feuding with the press

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently engaged in legal battles with various British tabloids over various privacy claims

From Diana to Meghan Markle, the royal family has a long history of feuding with the press
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It was recently revealed that Meghan Markle will be taking legal action against Daily Mail over the publication of a handwritten letter she had written to her estranged father.

The Duchess of Sussex alleged that the letter was edited to hide the lies that were reported about her and that its contents were published illegally.

Around the same time, Prince Harry issued a statement bashing the media for their portrayal of his wife. "Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences — a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son." 

Harry also referenced his late mother Princess Diana in his statement saying that he fears history is repeating itself. He also highlighted that this is not the first time the royals have taken legal action against the press. 

The couple is currently suing the parent company of Mail on Sunday alleging misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of UK's Data Protection Act 2018.


Harry is also suing the owners of London-headquartered tabloids The Sun and the Daily Mirror for alleged phone hacking.

This is not the first time the royal family has sued the press. Below is a rundown of the times the royals and the press locked horns. 

The Queen

In 1987, The Sun made a payment to a charity and apologized to the Queen after they published a letter that was sent from the Queen to Prince Philip about Prince Edward and his decision to leave the Royal Marines. The very next year, The Sun was sued yet again after they stole a picture that was supposed to be used on the Queen's Christmas card and published it.

Years later, in 1993, the Queen once again sued The Sun. This time it was because they breached copyright. The newspaper had leaked a copy of the Queen's Christmas broadcast and had to pay £200,000 to a charity.

In 2003, Daily Mirror was stopped from publishing extra details about reporter Ryan Parry's work at the Buckingham Palace after the Queen won a permanent injunction against the publication.  


Queen Elizabeth II attending the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on May 21, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Charles 

In the year 1995, Prince Charles banned his former Highgrove housekeeper from publishing her book after he won a court order. Her book was banned from being published in England and Scotland. Prince Charles also filed a court case in 2006 against the Mail on Sunday after details from his personal diary were published. The copy included his opinions on matters that regard to the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)


Princess Diana 

In 1988, Princess Diana attempted to bring a breach of confidence against the Sunday Mirror after the tabloid published pictures of her working out in a gym. This case was taken to court and settled. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton 

In a move initiated by Prince Harry, Prince William—alongside Prince Charles and Kate Middleton's lawyers—threatened the media with legal action due to the increasing amount of scrutiny Kate Middleton was facing in 2007.

In 2010, Rex Features, a photographic agency, apologized publicly to Kate for invading her privacy. The agency also agreed to pay damages to the Duchess of Cambridge after she complained through her solicitors that a photographer took pictures of her during a private holiday in Cornwall during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)


In 2012, Prince William and Kate Middleton filed a criminal complaint against Closer magazine's French edition after they published topless images of the Duchess while she was sunbathing on a holiday in the south of France. Laurence Pieau, the editor of the magazine, and Ernesto Mauri, the owner of the magazine, were handed a fine of 45,000 euros ($73,290) in 2017. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

In this handout image provided by The Invictus Games Foundation, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex prepare to watch the first pitch as they attend the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees match at the London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The historic two-game "You Just Can’t Beat The Person Who Never Gives Up" series marks the sport’s first games ever played in Europe and The Invictus Games Foundation has been selected as the official charity of Mitel and MLB London Series 2019. (Getty Images)

In May earlier this year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took a paparazzi news agency to the court after they shot aerial photos of their Cotswolds home. The couple was awarded substantial damages and a public apology.


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