Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, made a compelling appearance at the High Court in London this week, providing crucial evidence in a groundbreaking legal action against Mirror Group Newspapers. The Prince is suing the media company for damages, accusing its journalists of resorting to unethical practices, including phone hacking, deception, and the use of private investigators, to obtain stories about him and his family.
In his 55-page witness statement, Prince Harry expressed his frustration with the tabloid media’s alleged misconduct, asking, “How much more blood will stain their typing fingers before someone can put a stop to this madness?” The Prince has been vocal about his concerns regarding unethical journalism and its impact on public figures.
Prince Harry’s legal battles continue as he seeks justice for alleged media misconduct and faces scrutiny over his visa application
While facing the legal battle in London, Prince Harry finds himself entangled in another court case across the Atlantic. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank, has initiated legal proceedings against the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), seeking the release of Prince Harry’s visa application, which was submitted before his relocation to California in January 2020.
Previously, the foundation’s request for the visa application form under the Freedom of Information Act was denied by the US Customs and Border Protection, citing the need for Prince Harry’s consent.
However, the think-tank asserts that the application is of “immense public interest” in light of the Prince’s recent revelations about his past drug use in the Netflix series “Harry & Meghan” and his memoir “Spare.”
The US DS160 visa application form explicitly requires applicants to truthfully answer questions regarding drug abuse and violations of controlled substances laws.
In “Spare,” Prince Harry candidly admitted to using cocaine as a teenager and later smoking cannabis while attending Eton College. The US DS160 visa application form explicitly requires applicants to truthfully answer questions regarding drug abuse and violations of controlled substances laws.
The Heritage Foundation argues that if Prince Harry’s visa application were to be made public and reveal inconsistencies with his later disclosures, it would raise doubts about the Biden administration’s handling of the visa application process. The foundation aims to determine whether “celebrity elites” like Prince Harry receive preferential treatment and whether the DHS operates impartially.
Sam Dewey, counsel for the Heritage Foundation, stated in an interview with Sky News, “There’s a real serious question as to whether or not he should have been admitted” based on the details of his admissions and the drug laws. The foundation questions whether proceedings should have been initiated against Prince Harry if he failed to disclose his drug use during the application process.
The DHS, in response, has challenged the foundation’s claim, stating that it has not demonstrated the necessity of releasing the document and questioned the extent of “widespread” public interest in the matter. Prince Harry’s spokespersons have declined to comment on the ongoing case at this time.
As Prince Harry continues his fight for justice against alleged media misconduct in the UK, his visa application and potential implications in the US legal proceedings cast a spotlight on the handling of his relocation and the fairness of the application process within the Biden administration.
The outcome of both cases may have far-reaching consequences for the media industry and the perception of transparency in high-profile matters.