The Duke of Sussex is anticipated to travel back to the United Kingdom to testify in the most recent of his legal disputes with British media proprietors.
Only a little over a month after attending his father the King’s coronation, Harry will be in London the following week for a High Court trial.
He will testify in court with other prominent people who are suing Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) for damages related to alleged illegal information gathering, including phone hacking, at its publications.
The Princess Royal admitted guilt to a charge under the Dangerous Dogs Act in 2002 when her pet bit two youngsters in Windsor Great Park, and it is believed that this is the first time a senior member of the royal family has directly attended in court proceedings since that time.
The duke’s attendance at Charles’ coronation marked his first public outing with the royal family since he disparaged them in his contentious memoir Spare.
After the historic event, Harry immediately boarded a flight back to California to be with wife Meghan, daughter Lilibet, and son Archie, who celebrated his fourth birthday on May 6 and was the day of the coronation.
The Sussexes gained notoriety shortly after the duchess was honored at an awards ceremony in New York when a spokeswoman claimed the couple and Meghan’s mother “were involved in a near-catastrophic car chase at the hands of a ring of highly aggressive paparazzi”.
MGN, publisher of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, and Sunday People, is disputing charges made by Harry and others that some of its journalists were involved in illegal actions such employing private investigators for shady purposes, listening to people’s voicemails, and obtaining information by lying.
Four representative claimants have had their cases chosen for the trial, including Harry. The other three are comedian Paul Whitehouse’s ex-wife Fiona Wightman, actors Michael Turner and Nikki Sanderson from Coronation Street, and them.
The duke is scheduled to appear in court on Monday to present his case against MGN and is anticipated to testify on Tuesday.
Because of the strained ties he has with the King and his brother, the Prince of Wales, Harry is unlikely to spend much time with them during what is anticipated to be a quick trip to the capital.
Though it is unknown if Harry would utilize it, it is believed that he still has access to Berkshire’s Frogmore Cottage before the Sussex family is forced to leave.
In order to live a life of financial independence, Harry, Meghan, and their kids have given up their roles as working royals and currently reside in Montecito, California.