Prince Harry has responded to his lawsuit against the photo agency that took pictures of his and Meghan Markle's country home in Oxfordshire and sold them. The Duke of Sussex "acknowledges and welcomes the formal apology" from Splash News and Picture Agency, the company that shot and syndicated the images, according to a statement from his lawyer made in open court today.
The statement, presented by Harry's lawyer, added that Splash photographers took pictures and video of the Sussexes' private home from a helicopter, flying "at a low altitude allowing Splash to take photographs of and into the living area and dining area of the home and directly into the bedroom."
Harry and Meghan specifically chose the home for its seclusion "given its position in a secluded area surrounded by private farmland away from any areas to which photographers have access."
While the couple are now living at their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor, reports at the time cited security concerns for the couple's reason for moving and today's legal statement confirms that the publication and sale of the photos "very seriously undermined the safety and security of The Duke and the home to the extent that they are no longer able to live at the property."
As a result of the lawsuit, Splash agreed to stop selling and publishing the photos of the Sussexes' home, or "any photographs which are the same or colourably similar," and that it will not "repeat its conduct" by taking aerial footage of Harry's home, "which would infringe privacy or data rights or otherwise be unlawful activity. "
The Duke was also awarded a "significant sum" towards damages and legal fees which will be put towards a donation to charity.
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