Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not spent much time recently at home in the Cotswolds, and we now know why.
The relief heir and the Duchess of Sussex sued Splash News and Photo Agency for taking invasive photos of the Oxfordshire property and settled the case on Thursday.
The agency allegedly flew over the house with a helicopter and took pictures directly in his living room, dining room and bedroom.
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Harry's 34-year-old lawyer said his Duchess Meghan and he no longer felt safe in their homes, where they originally resided to protect their privacy.
"The property was chosen by the Duke for his wife and for himself given the high level of privacy that it affords considering its location in an isolated area surrounded by private farmland, at the same time. away from the areas accessible to photographers, "said Harry's attorney, Gerrard Tyrrell, public hearing.
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"The helicopter flew over the house at low altitude, allowing Splash to take pictures of the living room, the dining room of the house and straight into the bedroom."
He continued: "The publication and publication of the photographs seriously compromised the safety of the Duke and his home, as they are no longer able to live on the site."
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The agency said in a statement: "Splash has always acknowledged that this situation was an error in judgment and we have taken steps to prevent it from happening again." We apologize to the Duke and Duchess for dismay that we have caused ".
Buckingham Palace said Thursday in a statement that Harry had accepted "substantial damages" as well as an apology from Splash News and Picture Agency, although no specific figure has been revealed.
Harry, Duchess Meghan and the newborn son Archie now reside at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
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This is not the first time that a member of the British Royal Family is filing a lawsuit for breach of privacy.
In 2017, Kate Middleton was sued against the French magazine Closer for publishing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge.
The photos were taken in 2012, while Middleton was sunbathing in a private residence in France. A French paparazzo would have used a long-range camera lens to take his intimate moment half a kilometer away.
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At the time of publication, Prince William stated, "In September 2012, my wife and I thought we could go to France for a few days in a detached villa owned by a family member and enjoy our privacy . We know France and the French and we know that they respect, in principle, privacy, including that of their guests. The clandestine manner in which these photographs were taken particularly shocked us as they violated our privacy. "
Associated Press contributed to this report.