Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex denounced the “predatory practices” of a British tabloid which would have targeted the couple in 2016.
According to a New York Times report, the editors of The Sun newspaper paid the private investigator to give him information about the former Suits actress Meghan shortly after he started dating Harry.
The New York Times looked at an invoice that allegedly shows Daniel ‘Danno’ Portley-Hanks sold the information – including phone numbers, social security numbers and home addresses – to US Sun publisher James Beal for $ 2,055 (£ 1,484.67).
The information allegedly led the tabloid to publish unfavorable stories about her half-sister Samantha Markle and her father, Thomas Markle.
In a statement, via E! News, the couple reflected on the scandal, sharing: “Today is an important moment of reflection for the media industry and society as a whole, as this investigative report shows that the predatory practices of days gone by are still going on, reaping irreversible damage to families and relationships. “
The investigator publicly apologized to Harry and Meghan via Byline Investigates, sharing: “I am sorry for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for targeting her family, especially her father, on behalf of The Sun.
“I never meant to hurt Meghan Markle, and I wouldn’t have done the job if I had known it would lead to all of these problems.
“I also wanted to take this opportunity to apologize to the Queen, as I realize that what I did for The Sun affected the whole family.”
He also insisted that the Sun reporters told him to go ahead “with a nod and a wink … I firmly believe that James Beal knew what I was providing him with. had been obtained illegally. “
Meanwhile, the Sun’s editor, News Group Newspapers, told the New York Times he had made a “legitimate request” for Daniel to research Meghan Markle using his license, adding: “He was clearly instructed in writing to act legally and signed a legal commitment. that he would. (CDG / WNWE / CDG)
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