Prince Harry drops defamation lawsuit against Mail on Sunday editor

The Duke of Sussex denied having admitted defeat and said his priority is the safety of his family

In an unexpected twist, Prince Harry has ended his legal dispute with the British newspaper Mail on Sunday by withdrawing his defamation lawsuit, which dates back to 2022. The dispute arose over a publication that alleged that the security measures of the prince, financed with public funds during his visit to the United Kingdom after resigning from his royal roles, were being kept secret. However, the reasons are not what you think.

According to Daily Mail, the withdrawal of the lawsuit occurred this Friday morning, a few hours before the deadline to deliver a list of relevant documents as key evidence, which could have defined the course of the litigation. By dropping the case, the Duke of Sussex avoids a trial where he was accused of trying to mislead public opinion, which was scheduled between May 17 and July 31.

Following his decision to drop the case, a spokesperson for Harry issued a statement to the BBC, making it clear that he is not admitting defeat. “His focus remains there, and on the safety of his family, rather than on these legal proceedings which give a continued platform to the Mail’s false claims from so many years ago,” he said, suggesting that the King’s youngest son’s intention Charles III is simply downplaying.

The financial implications of the decision to withdraw the lawsuit are significant. Although Daily Mail speculated that the author of In the Shadow could be responsible for legal costs that would amount to 750,000 pounds ($952,169).