Prince Harry and Hugh Grant Join ITV's 'Tabloids On Trial' Documentary on Hacking

Prince Harry challenges long-standing tabloid practices in court

by Zain ul Abedin
Prince Harry and Hugh Grant Join ITV's 'Tabloids On Trial' Documentary on Hacking
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Prince Harry and actor Hugh Grant are both joining the ITV documentary called "Tabloids On Trial" about the controversies of the phone hacking scandal that involved other personalities. They will, therefore, share their own legal cases and the overall abuse of the right to privacy by the media.

Meghan’s husband, Prince Harry, The Duke of Suss-x, has always alleged that he too faced this aggressive undercover reconnaissance by journalists and private investigators from News Group Newspapers NGN: The Sun, and News of the World closed in 2011 after being implicated in numerous phone hacking scandals.

Nevertheless, in the other attempt to widen his privacy case to include media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Piers Morgan of the News of the World Publication, a London judge in May determined that the case could not be broadened.

An investigation that began in the year 2011 exposed that Britain’s most influential leaders were probably victims of phone hacking as well as other unlawful monitoring practices. Regarding The Sun, NGN has always refuted these claims.

The allegations that NGN has participated in the planning of the sting operation have also been strongly dismissed by it. Besides Prince Harry and Grant, the programme features former soccer player Paul Gascoigne and singer-songwriter Charlotte Church, the defendants of the tabloid press invasion of privacy.

Hugh Grant, who settled an affair on unlawful wiretapping in April, has been an outspoken critic of the overbearing press.

Prince Harry's Historic Testimony

In December last year, Justice Timothy Fancourt gave his verdict where he supported Prince Harry in a 386-page-written judgement saying that phone hacking at Mirror Group Newspapers was not only regular but was also systematic and its practice alongside the cover-up in the process had been continued for long.

This will also be the first time that Prince Harry testifies in open court in what breaks the royal tradition that has been practised for over a hundred years. The current court proceedings against Britain’s Daily Mail is a part of his larger campaign against misplaced ethics of Britain’s tabloid press.

What is going to be of particular interest, is the first interview given by Prince Harry since the start of his legal problems, which has been arranged by ITV News’s Rebecca Barry. It is for this reason that the director of the documentary wants to elaborate on how he has continued fighting all the tabloid press and how far-reaching the conspiracy is among the senior executives at Fleet Street as the scandal was uncovered.

It is planned to air the program "Tabloids On Trial" on July 25 on ITV1 and ITVX, and the show will reveal intimate information about the tense fight against unlawful actions committed by the media that affected the lives of many celebrities.

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