Prince William settles phone hacking claim for “very large sum”
The revelation came out in court documents relating to a trial involving Prince Harry, his brother
Prince William has been revealed to have settled a phone-hacking claim against Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper empire three years ago, for what was called a “very large sum” after a secret deal struck with Buckingham Palace.
That’s according to lawyers for William’s brother Prince Harry in court documents.
Harry is suing Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers, or NGN, at the High Court in London.
The case is about multiple unlawful acts allegedly committed on behalf of its tabloids, the Sun and now defunct News of the World, from the mid-1990s until 2016.
The newspaper group has paid out millions of pounds to settle more than a thousand phone-hacking cases.
During three days of preliminary hearings this week NGN is seeking to strike out claims by the prince and British actor Hugh Grant, arguing they should have taken action sooner.
It denies anyone from the Sun was involved in any unlawful activity. NGN’s lawyer also denies there was any “secret agreement” between the publisher and the royal family.
In a submission to the court, Harry’s legal team said the reason he had not brought action before was because a deal had been agreed between NGN and Buckingham Palace to hold off any claims until the conclusion of other outstanding phone-hacking litigation.
They said that Prince William had quote “settled his claim against NGN behind the scenes” in 2020.
William’s office said it could not comment on ongoing legal proceedings.
During a criminal trial brought against News of the World journalists and others in 2014, its former royal editor Clive Goodman said in the mid-2000s he had hacked the voicemails of Harry, William, and William’s wife Kate.
Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood
Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media
Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?
Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.
These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.
They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.
Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death
Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.
The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.
“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.
The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.
“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.
Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.
Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.
Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.
Tom Hanks open to continuing career with A.I. help
Despite the crackdown on A.I., one famous actor has raised the prospect of his career continuing after his death by using the technology
‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Cast Away’ actor Tom Hanks says new tech could be used to recreate his image to appear in movies “from now until kingdom come”.
Hanks was asked about the legal ramifications of A.I. on a recent podcast with Adam Buxton.
He says talks are being held in the film industry about how to protect actors from the effects of the technology.
Hanks told the host: “I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but performances can go on and on and on and on.”
The award-winning actor acknowledged that tech developments could lead to an AI-generated version of himself appearing in films he may not not normally choose.
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