Prince Harry and Meghan sue paparazzi over drone photos of baby Archie

Meghan Markle, baby Archie and Prince Harry. (PHOTO: 
Max Mumby/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle, baby Archie and Prince Harry. (PHOTO: Max Mumby/Getty Images)
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The couple is not impressed and are taking swift action.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have taken legal action after drones were allegedly used to take photos of their son Archie at their home in Los Angeles, California.

A complaint was filed earlier this week and claims that an unnamed photographer took pictures of their 14-month-old toddler at the mansion belonging to Tyler Perry where they’re staying during the coronavirus lockdown, the BBC reports.

Harry and Meghan claim the photos were an invasion of privacy.

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According to the New York Times, the photos show Harry and Meghan with their son in the backyard of the secluded estate.

The couple is suing under a paparazzi law in California, which stipulates an individual can be held liable for airspace intrusions to take photos of a person on private property.

“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,” their attorney said to The DailyMail.

Harry and Meghan say they expected to be followed in public, but they feel that “certain paparazzi and enablers have crossed a red line”.

The couple’s lawsuit also accuses the paparazzi of “intimidation, harassment and the addition of a very real security threat on top of what already exists”.

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The lawsuit is the latest clash between the family and the media over privacy issues.

In a separate lawsuit the couple accused the British tabloid, The Daily Mail, of publicising the location of the Los Angeles estate where they were staying.

The pair also claim the publication revealed the location of the property they stayed on in Canada.

Earlier this year, the lawyers representing Harry and Meghan sent a letter to some British news outlets threatening legal action over the purchase of photographs of Meghan walking Archie.

Source: BBC, New York Times, The DailyMail

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