Harry withdraws libel suit against Mail on Sunday

The decision a few hours before

Prince Harry withdraws defamation lawsuit against the publisher of the Mail on Sunday, Associated Newspapers. What had angered the prince was an article in the Sunday edition of the Mail about his legal appeal to the Home Office over changes made to his security detail following his decision to abandon royal duties and move to California.

The defamation lawsuit has been withdrawn a few hours before the deadline set by the court, we read on the Daily Mail website. The prince, it is specified, may now have to reimburse the £250,000 in legal costs already committed by the publisher. Shortly after, a spokesperson for the Sussexes explained that Harry intends to focus on the dispute with the Home Office in order to ensure the safety of his family while he is in the UK.

In the lawsuit, Harry claimed that the article had falsely accused him of “lying” and “cynically” attempting to manipulate public opinion. But the publisher replied that it had only been expressed “an honest opinion” without causing “serious damage” to the prince’s reputation.