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Prince Harry begins legal action against UK tabloids over phone hacking claims

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Prince Harry is suing the publishers of British tabloids the Sun and the Daily Mirror in the High Court over the hacking of voicemail messages.

Prince Harry is taking legal action against the publishers of Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper and the Daily Mirror over allegations of phone hacking as he and Meghan step up their warring with the press.

"Claims have been filed on behalf of The Duke of Sussex at the High Court regarding the illegal interception of voicemail messages," a spokeswoman for Harry said, declining to give further details of the claim.

A spokeswoman for News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, confirmed that a claim had been issued by Harry.

Britain's Prince Harry (R), the Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan (L), the Duchess of Sussex.
Britain's Prince Harry (R), the Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan (L), the Duchess of Sussex.
EPA

Court documents first reported by website Byline Investigates also show that Prince Harry is targeting Mirror Group Newspapers, owned by Reach PLC, with the legal action.

Reach Group declined to comment.

A source familiar with the situation said proceedings have been issued but the publisher is yet to receive legal papers in relation to the case.

On Tuesday Harry, Duke of Sussex, said he and his wife Meghan were taking separate legal action against the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a private letter that Meghan's lawyers said was "unlawful".

The couple also accused some sections of the British press of bullying behaviour.

Rupert Murdoch.
Rupert Murdoch.
AAP

The phones of Prince Harry and brother William's wife Kate were hacked by staff working for Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World tabloid, a London court heard in 2013.

News of the World had also been part of News Group Newspapers.

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