Prince Harry’s libel claim against Mail on Sunday publisher returns to court

The preliminary hearing in Prince Harry's libel claim against the publisher of The Mail on Sunday returns to the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Friday.

Harry is suing Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) over an article, published in February 2022, about his separate High Court claim regarding security arrangements for himself and his family when they are in the UK. ANL is contesting the claim.

It comes after the claim was paused in December to see if a settlement could be reached.

The story was published under the headline: "How Prince Harry tried to keep his legal fight with the government over police bodyguards a secret… then - just minutes after the story broke - his PR machine tried to put a positive spin on the dispute."

Last July Mr Justice Nicklin ruled in Harry’s favour on the first stage of the claim, relating to the “objective meaning” of the article.

The judge found the article was defamatory, saying a normal reader would understand from the article that Harry “was responsible for public statements, issued on his behalf, which claimed that he was willing to pay for police protection in the UK, and that his legal challenge was to the Government’s refusal to permit him to do so.

"Whereas the true position, as revealed in documents filed in the legal proceedings, was that he had only made the offer to pay after the proceedings had commenced”.

But he rejected Harry's claim the article accused him of lying.

No date has yet been set for these hearings.