5 times British royals sued the press to protect their privacy – Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana took on the Daily Mirror while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had to move house
While there are many benefits to being a member of the British royal family, there is a price to pay for the attached fame and fortune.
Here are five times members of the royal clan fought back against invasions of their privacy.
Queen Elizabeth vs Daily Mirror
After Daily Mirror published several of the pictures in a front page splash, the queen’s lawyers approached the courts to prevent the newspaper from publishing any further pictures they might have had. Eventually the queen and the paper agreed on a settlement.
Prince Charles vs his former housekeeper
Prince Charles is no stranger to litigation, but back in 1995, he got a High Court order that prevented a former Highgrove housekeeper of his, Wendy Berry, from publishing her memoirs detailing the time she worked for the prince and his then-wife, Princess Diana.
Prince William and Kate Middleton vs a French magazine
After publishing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge, French magazine Closer ended up in the crosshairs of Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton. The two were holidaying in France at the time the pictures were taken.
After a lengthy court battle, the Cambridges were awarded the amount of €100,000 (US$117,100) in damages for breach of their privacy, and the editor and publisher of the magazine were also fined a total of €90,000 (US$106,000), according to Yahoo! News.
Princess Diana vs Daily Mirror
The paper published images of Diana exercising in a gym, which they had obtained from the gym owner, according to the BBC. Daily Mirror ending up paying £1 million (US$1,372,000) towards Diana’s legal fees, as well as an amount of £200,000 (US$274,400) to a charity.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle vs an entertainment news agency
Splash hired a helicopter to fly over the Sussex’s home, snapping photographs and forcing the couple to move out of the property. According to The Guardian, “Prince Harry has accepted substantial damages and an apology” from the news agency.
- Kate Middleton was snapped topless while on holiday with Prince William in France, and a reporter even posed as a footman to snap photos inside Buckingham Palace
- Prince Charles took legal action when his former housekeeper Wendy Berry wrote her memoir The Housekeeper’s Diary, revealing private details about Princess Diana