Prince Harry became the first royal to testify in the court. The royal and his wife Meghan Markel, who filed a case against the British tabloid, gave a statement this Monday at the High Court in London. In the statement he talked about his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy and the rumours of King Charles not being his father. Moreover, he revealed how these malicious media outlets worsen his mental health.
Prince Harry said the tabloid affected every area of his
The 38-year-old said in the statement, “Whenever I got into a relationship, they were very keen to report the details but would then, very quickly, seek to try and break it up by putting as much strain on it and creating as much distrust as humanly possible. I simply don’t understand (and never have) how the inner, private details of my relationships … could have anything to do with the well-being of society or the running of the country and therefore be in the public interest.”
“I would say their actions affected every area of my life,” he added.
The Duke of Sussex shared, “It created a huge amount of paranoia in my relationships. I would become immediately suspicious of anyone that was named in a story about me, whether it was [confidantes] Mark Dyer, Tiggy [Harry and his brother Prince William’s former nanny, Alexandra Shân “Tiggy” Pettifer] or her brother, Harry, for example.”
Moreover, he shared how those tabloid stories affected his relationship with ex-girlfriend Chelsy.
“I walked into the arrivals hall with a baseball cap on and immediately spotted five separate paparazzi sitting on benches with cameras in bags, their hands inside rucksacks and everyone else looking at me,” Harry said. “I recall thinking, ‘How on earth did they know I was going to be there?’ But now it’s obvious.”
He added, “These kinds of articles made me feel as though my relationship with Chelsy was always set to be doomed. We couldn’t even meet in private or have arguments over the telephone, without the Defendant somehow learning these details and publishing them for the whole country to see. Again, it was just that feeling of being under surveillance all the time. I believe Chelsy found this even more difficult to deal with when she lived in England.”
“Whenever I have been in a relationship, I have always tried to be the best partner that I possibly could, but every woman has her limit,” the Duke also shared. “Unfortunately, they are not just in a relationship with me but with the entire tabloid press as the third party.”
Later on, he also addressed the rumours about his paternity. Harry who has been cross-examined by Andrew Green KC, said, “I’ve experienced hostility from the press since I was born.”
“I remember on multiple occasions hearing a voicemail for the first time that wasn’t new – I would simply put it down to perhaps a technical glitch… or even just having too many drinks the night before and having forgotten that I’d listened to it,”the prince said. “I also distinctly remember people saying to me ‘Did you not get my voicemail?’. I was like, ‘No’, and sometimes I would go back into my voicemail to look for it, but still couldn’t find it.”
He said,”My voicemails would include incredibly private and sensitive information about my relationships, my operational security and that of my family [and in later years] my work both in the Army and as a senior member of the royal family.”
Harry added, “I now realize that my acute paranoia of being constantly under surveillance was not misplaced after all.”
Harry accused the editor of Daily Mirror, “The thought of Piers Morgan and his band of journalists earwigging into my mother’s private and sensitive messages… makes me feel physically sick and even more determined to hold those responsible, including Mr. Morgan, accountable for their vile and entirely unjustified behavior,”
Moreover, he wrote about his paternity roumors, “Numerous newspapers had reported a rumor that my biological father was James Hewitt, a man my mother had a relationship with after I was born. At the time of this article and others similar to it, I wasn’t actually aware that my mother hadn’t met Major Hewitt until after I was born.”
He shared that it “felt very damaging and real to me.”
“They were hurtful, mean and cruel,” he wrote. “I was always left questioning the motives behind the stories. Were the newspapers keen to put doubt into the minds of the public so I might be ousted from the royal family?”