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Prince Harry Accused of Obfuscation, Destroying ‘Troubling’ Evidence: Reports

During a hearing in London on June 27, attorneys representing NGN, the publishers of The Sun, accused Prince Harry of “obfuscation” in his phone hacking lawsuit against them. They alleged that the Duke of Sussex, 39, “deliberately destroyed” crucial evidence, including hundreds of texts and emails.

There was “troubling evidence” suggesting that some messages were deleted “well after this claim was underway.” It raised concerns that Prince Harry himself may have sought these essential documents at his Montecito, California residence. Justice Timothy Fancourt of the English High Court agreed with this assessment, as reported by In Touch Magazine.

Justice Fancourt noted that it was “rather remarkable” that so few documents had been handed over. According to the judge’s order, Prince Harry must either hand over the messages and emails or explain to the court “what exactly happened.”

Prince Harry’s attorneys insist there is no cover-up. They acknowledged that many texts related to his memoir, Spare, were deleted due to their “highly sensitive information” about Harry and the royal family. They claim that revealing these texts could compromise his security and be damaging to his family.

They argue that Prince Harry went “above and beyond his obligations” to locate the documents and deem the opposing counsel’s request a “classic fishing expedition.”

The judge, however, remains skeptical. “This reeks of a cover-up,” an unnamed source told In Touch Weekly.

Another source indicated that Prince Harry not only lost drafts of Spare but also deleted numerous conversations with ghostwriter J.R. Moehringer. Moehringer stated that they “texted around the clock” while working on the memoir, but these texts, sent via the Signal messaging app, were deleted. Moehringer revealed in a New Yorker article that they omitted “a thousand things,” and Harry confirmed that 400 pages were extracted.

“There are some things that have happened, especially between me and my brother and to some extent between me and my father, that I just didn’t want the world to know, because I don’t think they will ever forgive me,” stated the ghostwriter.

Given recent events, it seems unlikely that Prince William and King Charles will forgive Prince Harry regardless. “They have basically cut him out of the family entirely because of what was published. So you can only imagine what private information he didn’t include that’s in those messages,” the insider added.

“Read in this context, there could be inconsistencies in his stories that might shred his credibility,” another informant noted, adding that Meghan, 42, won’t be immune either. “She was there by Harry’s side for every moment while he wrote the memoir and even helped edit the manuscript. She was a big motivation for him to set the record straight.”

Meghan was the first to hint that someone in the royal family had questioned the hue of her children’s skin. She later stated she worked with Omid Scobie on his book “Finding Freedom.” A Dutch edition of Scobie’s book “Endgame,” mistakenly published in 2023, seemed to implicate Princess Kate and King Charles.

“When people read what really went down, Meghan and Harry had to deny they ever accused anyone of racism. If Harry’s deleted messages include Meghan attacking the royal family, especially Charles and Kate, it would be disastrous for her image,” the tipster claimed.

This situation couldn’t have come at a worse time. Meghan has already borne much of the responsibility for the couple’s troubled business ventures post-Brexit and is preparing to launch her American Riviera Orchard brand.

“Of course, Harry would want to protect her from more backlash. Also, if messages show she had a significant role in directing the narrative of Spare, that would be explosive,” the insider suggested.

Prince Harry and Meghan find themselves in a challenging predicament again. Since leaving the royal family in 2020, the couple has engaged in numerous public conflicts and lawsuits, resulting in millions of dollars in legal fees. Justice Fancourt also ordered Prince Harry to pay approximately $76,000 in legal fees in the NGN phone-hacking case.

This pursuit of justice might backfire on him. Their marriage is already under strain, and this is undoubtedly the last thing they need right now. According to sources, they might not be able to survive another scandal.

Source: In Touch Magazine, Wikimedia Commons