Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex sue tabloid media

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet with members of Waves for Change, an NGO supporting local surf mentors to provide mental health services to vulnerable young people living in under resourced communities, at Monwabisi Beach, in Cape Town, South Africa September 24, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they are taking legal action against the Mail on Sunday after the newspaper allegedly unlawfully published one of her private letters.

In a rather lengthy and highly personal statement published on the royal couple’s official website, Prince Harry said they had to take legal action after painful impact of relentless propaganda against his wife from the British tabloid press.

Making specific reference to the press coverage of his mother Princess Diana, the Duke said his “deepest fear is history repeating itself”. “I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person”, he said. “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”

A spokesman for the Mail on Sunday said the newspaper stood by the story it published and would defend the case “vigorously”.

Law firm Schillings, acting for the duchess, accused the paper and its mother company of a campaign of false, derogatory stories and the misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018.