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The Duchess of Sussex launches fresh legal action after pictures taken of Archie Harrison

Benjamin Wareing

The Duchess of Sussex has launched fresh legal action against Splash News and Picture Agency over photographs that were taken both her and Archie Harrison.

The images captured Meghan and her then eight-month-old son during a walk in the woods in January in Vancouver.

The London Evening Standard reports that Meghan is suing the agency over breach of privacy as well as claims of mishandling data protection laws when the pictures were sold on to British newspapers.

In the High Court on Thursday, Meghan’s barrister denied suggestions that she agreed to have the images taken by Splash photographer Steve Dennett.

The court heard that Spash’s British branch had gone into administration in recent months, but lawyers representing the Duchess successfully argued that the American side of the agency could still be sued.

Splash was not represented in Wednesday’s court proceedings, but legal papers have now been served giving them a chance to offer a defence.

Just last year, the Sussex family accepted substantial damages and an apology from the Splash News and Picture Agency after they took photographs of their Cotswolds home from a helicopter.