Prince Harry returned to the U.K. to pursue his legal battle against Associated Newspapers. During his witness statement, the Duke of Sussex claimed the publisher was able to access a private conversation between King Charles and Harry about his then-girlfriend, Chelsy Davy.
The author said a "royal exclusive" from The People detailed a "highly private" dispute between the father and son. He later admitted the headlines' negative impact on their dynamic. He told the High Court the "kind of article just perpetuated feelings of distrust, within all of my relationships."
Harry alleged the publisher wired his phone to sell stories, and it negatively impacted his courtship with the Zimbabwean businesswoman. The Royal Observer previously reported their romance was cut short due to the pressure of living in the public eye.
"Our relationship was long distance for the majority of the time we were together, with Chelsy and I often living in different countries, so we relied on communicating by phone a lot," Harry explained. "We, naturally, spoke about all types of personal matters, including all aspects of our relationship and this was often through voicemail. As my girlfriend, I trusted Chelsy with the most private of information and vice versa."
Harry later expressed concerns about journalists' intentions. "Whenever I got into a relationship, they were very keen to report the details but would then, very quickly, seek to try and break it up by putting as much strain on it and creating as much distrust as humanly possible," he shared. "This twisted objective is still pursued to this day even though I’m now married."
Harry's case was published by CNN.