Key moments from Prince Harry’s testimony in court

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London — Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, appeared in a London court for a second consecutive day Wednesday to testify in his lawsuit against Britain’s Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN). The 38-year-old second son of Britain’s King Charles III is suing the tabloid publisher over alleged unlawful information gathering, including alleged voicemail hacking.

The case is civil not criminal, meaning that the standard of proof is different. Harry is seeking to convince the judge that, on the balance of probabilities, his claims are true. In the most serious criminal cases, a judge or jury must be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt. That means Harry and his legal teams must show his claims are more likely true than untrue.

Prince Harry faced questions from the lawyer representing Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN), Andrew Green. Green questioned Harry Wednesday about his 49-page witness statement, published Tuesday, that outlines times he believes MGN tabloids allegedly used unlawful tactics to gather information about him.

MGN denies unlawful activity in the case.

On Tuesday, Harry told the court he was determined to use the case to stop the “madness” of news organizations using alleged illegal activities to obtain personal information to sell papers. 

“I genuinely feel that in every relationship that I’ve ever had — be that with friends, girlfriends, with family or with the army, there’s always been a third party involved, namely the tabloid press,” Harry said in a lengthy written witness statement released Tuesday as he appeared for his first day of cross-examination.

Harry blasted the “utterly vile” actions of Britain’s tabloid press, accusing them of being “the mothership of online trolling.”

Here are key moments from Prince Harry’s testimony.

Prince Harry is shown in court artist sketch on June 7 2023. Cameras were not allowed inside the court. Julia Quenzler via BBC News

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