Paul Caruana Galizia investigates whether Prince William reached a secret out of court settlement with Rupert Murdoch and News Group over phone hacking. What were the terms of the reported deal and how much money changed hands?
Why this story
Earlier this year, when the media went into a frenzy about the rift between the royal brothers and the publication of Harry’s book Spare Paul Caruana Galizia started looking into a different aspect of the story. One that wasn’t getting much attention: Prince Harry’s legal battles with the press. Then in April a new story emerged from that fight. It attracted a brief flurry of interest before seeming to drop out of sight.It was just a line in Prince Harry’s court filings, but an extraordinary one: in a sworn statement Prince Harry said that his brother, Prince William, had privately settled his own phone hacking claim with Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers for “a large sum of money”. The Palace didn’t deny it; nor did News Group. And it suddenly felt like the real story was only just emerging. A story not about Prince Harry but about Prince William, about the wider Royal family, and above all, about secrecy. But once again it’s a story that no-one seems to be going after.