Prince Harry's complaint against newspaper dismissed as battle with the press continues

Prince Harry (Photo: Getty Images)
Prince Harry (Photo: Getty Images)

Cape Town – Prince Harry filed a complaint with the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) against the Mail on Sunday saying the paper published an "inaccurate" report to "mislead the public".

According to ITV News, the claim was dismissed by a newspaper industry regulator. In an article published in April last year, the publication wrote, "Drugged and tethered … what Harry didn't tell you about those awe-inspiring wildlife photos".

The photos were of elephants on Earth Day, which the newspaper said were tied with a rope around the hind legs, but the picture intentionally didn't show that.


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Today is #earthday - an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home. The above, Their Royal Highnesses in Rotorua, New Zealand. Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900’s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today. Next, we invite you to scroll through a series of 8 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex©?DOS sharing his environmental POV including: Africa’s Unicorn, the rhino. These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things! They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us. A critical ecosystem, Botswana’s Okavango Delta sustains millions of people and an abundance of wildlife. Huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system; the ash kills the fish as the flood comes in and the trees that don’t burn become next year’s kindling. Desert lions are critically endangered due partly to human wildlife conflict, habitat encroachment and climate change. 96% of mammals on our ?? are either livestock or humans, meaning only 4% remaining are wild animals. Orca and Humpback whale populations are recovering in Norway thanks to the protection of their fisheries. Proof that fishing sustainably can benefit us all. Roughly 3/4 of Guyana is forested, its forests are highly diverse with 1,263 known species of wildlife and 6,409 species of plants. Many countries continue to try and deforest there for the global demand for timber. We all now know the damage plastics are causing to our oceans. Micro plastics are also ending up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet but medical problems for ourselves too. When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities. Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism. Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but every day. #earthday

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According to Ipso, Harry said, "He had not misled the public by failing to explain the circumstances in which the photograph of the elephant had been taken. The article was inaccurate in claiming that he had sought to mislead the public by deliberately publishing an edited version of the photograph."

Harry initially claimed the Mail on Sunday breached the accuracy clause of its Editors' Code of Practice.

The complaint against the newspaper follows a string of legal cases after Harry and Meghan revealed their ongoing struggle with the press in October.

Meghan is also taking on the press for publishing a private letter she'd sent to her father, Thomas Markle, and intentionally starting "untrue and offensive" rumours about her.

"My deepest fear is history repeating itself," Harry said in an official statement. "I've seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother, and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently issued yet another legal threat to paparazzi after photos of Meghan and Archie appeared in Canadian newspapers and on websites.

Harry, Meghan and Archie are currently settling into their new life in Canada after their decision to step back as senior members of the royal family was confirmed and finalised with a statement from Queen Elizabeth saying the couple will lose their royal funds and HRH titles.