On the second day of Prince Harry's cross-examination in the spying process against the "Mirror" publisher (MGN), the tone increased significantly in sharpness. The royal had to face questions from MGN lawyer Andrew Green again on Wednesday in London.
In addition to the prince's evidence in his lawsuit for allegedly illegally obtaining information, he also questioned the motivation of the 38-year-old. "If the court found that your phone was never hacked by an MGN journalist, would you be relieved or disappointed?" Green asked. When Harry indicated that he felt such an outcome was unfair, it prompted Green to state, "So you want your phone hacked!". King Charles III's son replied that nobody wanted their cell phone to be hacked.
The first cross-examination of a British royal in more than 130 years is due to end on Wednesday. The trial, which is being conducted as a class action lawsuit for damages by Harry and three other celebrities, is expected to last until the end of June. A verdict is not expected until later in the year.
Based on 33 press articles from the MGN newspapers "Daily Mirror", "Sunday Mirror" and "People" from the years 1996 to 2009, Prince Harry wants to show that illegally obtained information was used in reporting about him. For example, he suspects, by listening to mailbox messages on his cell phone. Harry complains that the alleged spying caused him severe mental suffering and put a strain on friendships and relationships.
It is undisputed that illegal procurement of information was common practice in the newspapers of the "Mirror" publishing house. But whether Harry can prove this in individual cases initially remained open.