A court has heard today that the former wife of HRH Prince Andrew, Sarah, Duchess Of York, was the victim of phone hacking for 6 years by the now finished News Of The World newspaper in the United Kingdom. The Duchess and 143 other victims of the phone hacking have been or are to be awarded compensation for the phone hacking incident.
The Duchess of York’s barrister David Sherborne told the court: “During the period from 2000 until 2006 the claimant experienced unusual activity on her mobile phone. The claimant also noticed that journalists and/or photographers appeared to know her location in advance, meaning that when she arrived at functions or planned events, it was often the case that journalists or photographers were already present.”
The Duchess Of York’s barrister also claims that the Duchess was targeted over 6 years and that her voicemail was intercepted by journalists, which was a blatant invasion of privacy.
Paul Tweed, the Duchess of York’s solicitor, said she had been given “a significant payment” in damages and costs.
He added: “Notwithstanding this successful outcome, my client remains extremely concerned that questions beyond the scope of these legal proceedings still need to be answered in relation to other instances of inappropriate and extreme intrusion into her private life.”