Royal Family LIVE: 'Self destructive' Harry takes another 'right-hook' at Firm - expert

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Prince Harry arrives at the High Court in London

has been accused of using his privacy case as an opportunity to take another "quick right-hook" at his family in his "self-destructive refusal" to let his quarrels with the Firm go. The Duke of Sussex continued his attack on the by claiming they withheld information from him regarding phone hacking by Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL). The prince is in London this week for a preliminary hearing in a lawsuit against the publisher, which is being sued by a number of famous people for alleged privacy breaches, a claim ANL denies.

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Royal commentator Daniela Elser said this case proved Harry would "continue on with this dogged battle".

She wrote for Courier Mail: "What has become clear this week is that Harry’s tell-all Spare wasn’t his final, parting shot in his fight against the Palace. Instead, the Duke is only going to continue waging his one-man war.

"Confirmation of this came on the second day of the preliminary hearing, when Harry, via a witness statement, accused the royal family of covering up phone hacking, saying: "The institution was without a doubt withholding information from me for a long time."

She added: "Every time I think Harry must have said everything he could possibly say, allege, and sling overarm at the Palace, that he must surely be done with it, he pops up like an aggrieved whack-a-mole with a troop of high-priced lawyers (who must now basically be living in his pool house) to have another go.

"Harry with his witness statement this week, is ploughing on, demonstrating a dogged, self-destructive refusal to seemingly waste any opportunity to aim a quick right-hook at The Firm."

Ms Elser said that while Harry was right to pursue his claims against ANL if they are proved to be true, there was no need for him to drag the royals into the proceedings.

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Harry reveals private information about woman he had relationship with in privacy case

Prince Harry has shared private information about a woman he once dated as his privacy case continues. The Duke of Sussex had named the woman in his witness statement, but did not include her identity in his recent memoir, Spare - reports the Daily Mail.

Harry had dated the stockbroker's daughter, whose grandfather played polo with his grandfather Prince Philip, while at Eton. She eventually married a financier and former Army captain.

Harry alleges that she was targeted by a private detective, Gavin Burrows, who also intercepted her parents’ voicemail messages.

He complains about an article in The Mail on Sunday and says in his witness statement: "This article is about a then-new relationship between me and [the woman], including details about her visiting me at Eton, meeting up in private at Windsor and efforts to keep the relationship secret."

Harry claimed he was "conditioned to accept" the Royal Family's rule of "never complain, never explain".

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Prince Harry at London's High Court this week (Image: Getty)

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Good morning from London, I'm Catherine Meyer-Funnell and I'll be bringing you all the royal updates into this afternoon. Feel free to get in touch cathey.meyerfunnell@reachplc.com

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