Piers Morgan: A free press is a cornerstone of democracy Prince Harry cannot control

Piers Morgan said Prince Harry looks like he's "enjoying" the media attention from his High Court case

TalkTV's Piers Morgan has accused Prince Harry of hypocrisy and warned him not to control the media as he starts a privacy battle in the High Court.

The Duke of Sussex is in London for a hearing in his claim against Associated Newspapers over unlawful information gathering using private investigators.

"The hearings could have passed without anyone really noticing, but Harry wanted everyone to see him and - turning up and leaving with a big grin on his face, looking like he's enjoying it all.

"It's probably not the best look for someone who wants us to believe he is in trauma for the invasion into his privacy - which came just before his grotesque invasion of other people's privacy.

"He didn't slip quietly through the side entrance like some of the others in this case, he chose to parade past the TV cameras, barging past some paparazzi, using the media that he loathes.

"Nothing better during a cost of living crisis to have multimillionaires rocking up in court wanting money for invasions of privacy, just after they've invaded their own.

"Harry seems to be rather confused by his treatment of the media. It seems he wants to keep his privacy when he's invading everybody else's.

"There's a major flaw in Harry's campaign against press invasions of his privacy. He's made his own privacy a ruthless public commodity, trading in his secrets and those of his family and friends to the highest bidders.

"The Prince who fled Britain to protect his family's privacy has laid bare every tawdry detail of his private life and theirs, in this tell-all memoir. From drug abuse to intimate conversations with his father at his grandfather's funeral.

"How much self-destruction of your own privacy can a public figure get away with before they abrogate their right to privacy?

"But privacy isn't really at the heart of Harry's crusade. He's made that crystal clear by selling it to the highest bidders. What he really wants is control, he can control the narratives in Netflix shows, the questions he's asked in publicity junkets, and his version of the truth in his book.

"What he cannot control is a free press. A free press, warts and all, good, bad and ugly. The type we have in this country is the cornerstone of democracy.

"That's why Harry, who wants complete control over everything that is written and said about him, is so afraid of our free press."

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