Prince Harry to be 1st royal ever to testify in a phone-hacking tabloid trial

Prince Harry is set to become the first royal to testify in a phone-hacking tabloid trial, suing the publishers of The Daily Mirror for unlawful intrusion into his private life.

Legal battle’s origin: The phone-hacking scandal in the early 2000s led to the closure of the News of the World tabloid after hacking victim Milly Dowler’s voicemail was accessed by journalists.
* Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers have since paid over $1 billion to settle hacking claims.

Significance of Harry’s testimony: The Duke of Sussex is the first senior British royal to give evidence in court in over a century, taking the case to trial instead of settling.
* Prince Harry has cited media reform as his “life’s work.”

Risks for Harry: Testifying means he will not only make his case against the Mirror but also face cross-examination which could involve questions about his personal life and relationships prior to his marriage to Meghan Markle.

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