5 times members of the British royal family got into legal feuds with media

 | Updated: Jan 22, 2020, 01:32 PM IST

On their first day in new home in Canada, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sent a legal warning to media for clicking photos of the Duchess while she was on a stroll with Prince Archie. But this is not the first time that members of the royal family have got embroiled in legal battles with the paparazzi. Here's a look at the past feuds between them. 

File image of Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have issued a legal warning over unlawful photographs that the paps took of the duchess out walking her dogs with son Prince Archie in Canada. The images were used by The Sun and the Daily Mail newspapers.

(Photograph:Zee News Network)

Prince Harry and Meghan's prolonged fued with the tabloids

This is not the first time that the British royal couple has had a spat with the media. 

In November 2016, Prince Harry had said that "a line had been crossed" and that she had been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment by the media. The couple were dating back then.

Then, in October 2019, the couple filed a lawsuit against The Mail, a major UK based tabloid. The lawsuit was for misuse of private information, among other claims. The tabloid was accused of leaking letters of Meghan Markle to her father.


Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince Harry's elder brother and wife too faced problems with media. Prince William and Kate sued a French paper for publishing topless photos of the duchess while they were on a vacation. 

The photographs were taken in the summer of 2012 and the royal couple were on a terrace by a swimming pool at a private chateau owned by Viscount Linley, Prince's nephew.

They were compensated by 91,000 pounds by the French court. 


Princess Diana

Princess Diana was perhaps the first royal to be a victim of the paparazzi culture. In fact, she was pursued by the paparazzi in Paris which led to her death in a car crash in 1997. 

Three photographers' cameras were confiscated who tried to click Diana's pictures post-crash.  

Post her death, British paparazzi entered into an informal “gentleman’s agreement” regarding press coverage of Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William. The media largely refrained from covering the brothers as they grew up. 


The Queen of England

The Queen of England has also been in a feud with the media after she sued The Sun twice for breach of copyright.

Both cases ended with financial settlements in favour of the Queen.