Prince William has reached an agreement with a tabloid, according to his brother Harry

Prince William has struck a deal with a tabloid, according to his brother Harry


Prince William, heir to the British crown, “recently” reached a settlement in a voicemail hacking case with a British tabloid, his brother Harry claims in court documents released on Tuesday.

Aged 38, Harry is at war with the tabloid press, which he holds responsible for the death of his mother Diana in 1997 in Paris, pursued by paparazzi.

He has launched legal action against British newspapers which he accuses of illegally gathering information, including against News Group Newspapers (NGN), the publisher of the now defunct Sun and News of the World.


As part of the empire of newspaper magnate Rupert Murdoch, NGN rejects the accusations launched by Harry, deeming them too late.

In documents produced for a three-day hearing this week, Prince Harry's lawyers reveal that William, with whom he has a notoriously sour relationship, 'recently' struck a deal with NGN 'behind the scenes'.

Prince William's services declined to comment.

Prince Harry's advice also justifies the delay in the launch of the procedure linked to the lawsuits by a “secret agreement” between the royal family and the press group.

They claim William and Harry's grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, was involved in 'discussions and clearances' over the deal, which barred the royals from suing NGN until the deal was completed. other lawsuits relating to hacking charges.

“The reason was to avoid the situation where a member of the royal family had to be in the witness box and relate the details of private voicemails and highly sensitive that had been intercepted,” Harry argues.

“The institution was incredibly nervous about this,” he added, with the documents claiming Harry learned of the deal in 2012 .

“This agreement” was according to him a “major factor in the fact that there was no complaint on my part at the time”, he argues.

NGN settled the voicemail hacking scandal in 2021 with a dozen personalities, including actress Sienna Miller.

For their part, Harry and Elton John are among the personalities who are suing the publisher of the Daily Mail, whom they accuse of having illegally collected information, in particular by using the services of private detectives.