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Everything we know about Prince Harry will be revealed in ITV’s documentary on the wiretapping scandal ‘Tabloids on Trial’

Everything we know about Prince Harry will be revealed in ITV’s documentary on the wiretapping scandal ‘Tabloids on Trial’

The broadcaster has announced that Prince Harry and Hugh Grant will star in a sensational ITV documentary which will examine the phone-tapping scandal.

Tabloids on trial will cover two decades of the scandal, starting with the accusations that first emerged in 2003.

In addition to the Duke of Sussex and Mr Grant, the programme will feature Charlotte Church, Paul Gascoigne and other “people who have come to public attention”.

ITV said the programme would also feature Harry’s first major interview since the conclusion of his high-profile legal case against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) in December.

In a major setback for the prince, the presiding judge ruled that phone tapping had become “widespread and customary” on MGN titles by the late 1990s and that his phone had been hacked “to a moderate degree”, awarding £140,600 in damages.

“This documentary follows his mission to continue the fight to expose the illegal tactics of the British tabloid press and explores what those behind Fleet Street really knew as the scandal unfolded,” ITV reports.

The programme will air on 25 July as the prince prepares for two more legal battles against the publishers. Daily mail AND Sun.

Prince Harry interviewed for ITV’s Tabloids on Trial (ITV)

What is the wiretapping scandal?

The UK wiretapping scandal concerns illegal information gathering by tabloids between 1995 and 2012.

This problem first came to public attention in 2011, when the bestseller World News The newspaper was forced to close amid allegations of hacking. This came after reports emerged that journalists from the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid had hacked into the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, intercepting her voicemail and using it in their reporting.

Actor Hugh Grant has also been invited to appear in an ITV documentary (ITV/PA)

News UK, Mr Murdoch’s media empire, which also publishes SunSince then, it has settled more than 1,600 wiretapping cases. Reports suggest that this has cost the company around £1 billion.

Hundreds of civil cases have been brought against News UK and competitors who publish this information. Mirror AND Daily mailClaimants included a number of high-profile figures, including Prince Harry, Hugh Grant, Liz Hurley, Elton John, Paul Gascoigne and Steve Coogan.

The Duke of Sussex has been particularly active, entering a series of legal battles with varying degrees of success since 2019. Giving evidence at his trial against Mirror publisher has revealed how “media meddling” has affected his life and influenced his decision to step back from royal duties.

“As a child growing up, as a teenager, I was subjected to an invasion of the press for most of my life, up until today,” he told the court.

He later added: “Some editors and journalists are responsible for causing a lot of pain, upset and in some cases, personally speaking, death.”

Prince Harry later won his lawsuit against the publisher, but has two other civil cases pending. He is one of several plaintiffs in the cases against both publishers Daily mail AND Sun, alleging unlawful information gathering. Legal proceedings in both cases are scheduled to take place this year.