Prince Harry Drops Libel Claim Against 'Mail on Sunday' Publisher

The Duke of Sussex had sued over an article about his publicly funded security arrangements.

Prince Harry has decided to withdraw a libel suit he had against the Mail on Sunday publisher over an article regarding his publicly funded security arrangements when visiting the United Kingdom after he and wife Meghan Markle stepped down from senior royal duties.

According to the Daily Mail, on Friday morning the 39-year-old Duke of Sussex decided to discontinue "all of this claim" and "abandoned his case." Prior to the suit being dropped, a three-day trial was scheduled to take place between May 17 and July 31.

After he dropped his libel suit this week, Harry's spokesperson released a statement to the BBC, noting, "His focus remains there, and on the safety of his family, rather than these legal proceedings that give a continued platform to the Mail's false claims all those years ago."

While the Daily Mail reports that Harry could owe up to £750,000 ($952,169), his spokesperson tells the BBC that costs are still being determined and it's "premature" to speculate.

In February 2022, the Mail on Sunday reported on Harry's legal battle against the Home Office over changes to his publicly funded security after he and Markle decided to move to the United States and no longer be senior royals. The article claimed he was trying to keep the legal issue a secret.

King Charles III's youngest son has been involved in a series of legal cases over the past few years, with his claim against the Home Office yet to be resolved.