Prince Harry, Elton John accuse British Newspaper of phone hacking

Prince Harry and singer Elton John are among a group taking legal action against the publisher of the Daily Mail, alleging phone tapping and other breaches of privacy.

They are alleging phone-tapping and other breaches of privacy, a law firm representing the group said on Thursday (October 6).

The group includes actors Elizabeth Hurley and Sadie Frost along with Elton John’s partner and filmmaker David Furnish, as well as Doreen Lawrence, the mother of Black teenager Stephen Lawrence who was murdered in a racist attack in southeast London in 1993.

Law firm Hamlins said in a statement:

“The individuals are aware of evidence that points to breaches of privacy, including placing listening devices inside people’s cars and commissioning the bugging of live, private phone calls.”

Harry and his wife Meghan’s relations with Britain’s tabloid press collapsed after their marriage in 2018 and the couple previously said they would have ‘zero engagement’ with the four major British papers – including the Daily Mail – accusing them of false and invasive coverage.

Associated Newspapers – the Daily Mail’s publisher – refuted the allegations.

A spokesman described them as unsubstantiated, highly defamatory and said it appears to be “a fishing expedition by claimants and their lawyers.”