Piers Morgan could see himself in hot water as his royal nemesis, Prince Harry, wraps up setting his case in his historical lawsuit against three prominent British tabloid newspapers.
Harry’s lawsuits allege the tabloid newspapers employed journalists to engage in unlawful activities, including phone hacking, in order to intrude upon his personal life and violate his privacy.
It’s day two of Prince Harry’s cross examination in his phone hacking trial.
But who are you supporting: Harry or the Mirror group?
— Jeremy Vine On 5 (@JeremyVineOn5) June 7, 2023
The Prince’s lawyer, David Sherborne, took former Daily Mirror royal correspondent, Jane Kerr, to task on the final day of evidence.
Kerr’s name is attributed to several of the 33 articles the Duke of Sussex presented against the tabloids for illicit intrusion, with Sherborne suggesting the journalist obtained her information from phone hacking.
“It absolutely didn’t,” Kerr denied adamantly.
“I’ve never intercepted a voicemail. I wouldn’t even know how.”
Kerr also denied knowing about any other journalists accessing information on the Sussexes in an unlawful manner, however, in her written witness statement, she acknowledged Morgan “would occasionally direct or inject information into a story” without providing information on the source.
Morgan was the editor of the Daily Mirror from 1995 to 2004.
When questioned about where she obtained certain information in a story, Kerr insinuated the quotes were one of Morgan’s injections.
“I can’t say for sure where I got them from, because I can’t remember,” she said.
“It’s possible Piers gave them to me.”
Morgan denies claims of phone hacking knowledge going on at the Mirror during his time there, however, the Mirror Group has paid more than £100 million pounds to settle a large number of claims around illicit gathering of information against them.
The company was at the centre of a large phone hacking scandal in 2015, resulting in a printed public apology to its victims.
Harry’s lawsuit is a rare and historic one with the Prince being the first British Royal to enter the witness box in over a century.
He will be the first member of the royal family to do so since Prince Albert Edward in the late 19th century.
On Tuesday, June 6, the 38-year-old appeared in London’s High Court to give testimony in his initial legal case against the publishers of various British tabloids, marking the beginning of a series of five pending legal cases.
In court documents, the Duke described his relationship with the press as “uneasy” and claimed the British Press’ “vicious, persistent attacks” on his wife, which allegedly include racist articles, are the reason why the couple stepped down from their royal roles and fled to the US.
Managing partner for legal PR firm Maltin PR, Tim Maltin says Harry’s in-person appearance for the hacking trial is a risky move, as he is likely to face tough questioning, unlike any previous royal interviews he’s done in the past.
“This isn’t like taking questions from Oprah Winfrey in a celebrity interview,” Maltin said.
“It is a hostile encounter with a highly skilled cross-examiner armed with a battery of techniques to undermine your credibility. Giving evidence is daunting … and cross-examination is far more often traumatic than cathartic.”