Prince Harry and Meghan Markle File Lawsuit for Invasion of Privacy After Paparrazi Go Too Far with Archie

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex can’t seem to catch a break. The pair has done everything that they can to step out of the spotlight and lead the most normal life possible, but they still can’t find peace. No matter what they do or where they go, the paparazzi always find a way to get to them. Now, Meghan and Harry are taking a stand after the paparazzi went after their son Archie.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave public life

After a few harrowing years of media persecution, Harry and Meghan decided to leave their working positions among the royal family and forge their own way forward. In this new arrangement, the Sussexes would be able to make their own money, but they also would be free to be in or out of the public eye as much as they chose.

“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” Prince Harry said at a dinner for Sentebale in London after the decision was made. “It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option. What I want to make clear is, we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you.”

But since they moved out of the UK, the two have found it hard to escape the paparazzi. During their time in North Saanich on Vancouver Island, the businesses in the area had to put up signs in their windows to let the press know that the media and paparazzi weren’t welcome. The royal couple has also been chased by paparazzi while driving in LA.

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Earlier this week The Duchess of Sussex, in her role as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), met with the bright minds from across the Commonwealth to hear about their commitment to tackling the global challenges we all face. The Duchess spoke with Scholars studying and researching important areas surrounding; cleaning up plastic pollution in our oceans, helping to build more sustainable cities, improving health outcomes for citizens, and supporting decent work and economic growth. Paving the way as the next generation of leaders, these inspirational scholars, are spread far across the Commonwealth from Malawi to Malaysia, Ghana to Sri Lanka – all of whom will use the skills and knowledge they gain while studying in the UK to make a difference when they return to their home countries. The Duchess, who also attended university with support of a scholarship, is a strong advocate of accessible education for all. As the Royal Patron of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (@The_ACU_Official) since January 2019, The Duchess has met and engaged with students, academics, and staff from ACU member universities across the Commonwealth to learn more about the vital work they do to address global challenges. As President and Vice President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess thank all those who are working to give access to education for all.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s lawsuit

When it was just about Harry and Meghan, the pair didn’t fight back against paparazzi quite as much, but now that their son Archie is involved, they are working to protect him.

They have now filed a lawsuit which claims that their privacy was invaded when paparazzi took photos of Archie in their backyard in LA.

According to the lawsuit obtained by Entertainment Tonight, Archie was playing in the yard when the photos were taken. The paparazzi also had drones fly above the estate in order to get pictures.

The suit claims that the photos are being sold under the premise that they were taken during a trip in Malibu but the royal couple says that Archie has not been out in public or in Malibu.

“Every individual and family member in California is guaranteed by law the right to privacy in their home,” the Sussexes lawyer, Michael J. Kump, said in the suit. “No drones, helicopters or telephoto lenses can take away that right.”

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“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are filing this lawsuit to protect their young son’s right to privacy in their home without intrusion by photographers, and to uncover and stop those who seek to profit from these illegal actions,” Kump continued.

This isn’t the first time that the Sussexes have sued the media. In 2019, they also sued the parent company of Mail on Sunday for publishing pieces of a private letter of Meghan’s.