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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex settle legal claim over photos of son Archie


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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have settled a claim brought again Splash U.K. earlier this year, it was announced at a High Court hearing in London on Friday.

“As explained in today’s hearing, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have successfully settled a legal claim brought at the beginning of this year against the paparazzi agency Splash U.K.,” a spokesperson on behalf of Schillings, the legal representation for the couple, confirmed in a statement to E! News. “This settlement is a clear signal that unlawful, invasive, and intrusive paparazzi behaviour will not be tolerated and that the couple takes these matters seriously—just as any family would.”

The claim was brought against the agency in March after photos of the Duchess and her son Archie were taken at a park in Canada in January. According to the BBC, the court was told that the pictures were taken while they were “on a private family outing in a remote rural setting and there was no public interest in the photographs.” The photographer had reportedly also undertaken “a full reconnaissance inspection” of the Duke and Duchess’ home the day before the picture were taken, “walking around it looking to identify entry and exit points and putting his camera over the fence to take photographs.”

Splash U.K. has since gone into administration but has agreed not to take unauthorised photos of the Sussexes should it come out of administration in the future.