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Prince Harry: Private investigator apologises for targeting prince’s ex-girlfriend November 22, 2021 By Amol Rajan & Joseph Lee BBC

A private investigator has apologised for targeting the Duke of Sussex’s ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy for surveillance when they were dating.

Gavin Burrows told the BBC the press had focused on Prince Harry in the 2000s as “the new Diana”.

Mr Burrows, a witness in ongoing legal cases against the News of the World and the Sun, said he and the press had been “ruthless”.

His claims are yet to be tested in court and are strongly disputed.

Prince Harry is one of several people pursuing legal action against the publisher of the Sun and the News of the World, News Group Newspapers, as well as the owner of the Daily Mirror, over allegations of phone-hacking and other illegal newsgathering activity.

The exposure of unethical and sometimes illegal methods of getting information, including accessing voicemails, has prompted a wave of legal cases over the years.

Solicitor Callum Galbraith, co-ordinating the current legal actions against News Group Newspapers, said the scale of the use of private investigators by the News of the World and other papers was “absolutely phenomenal”, starting in the early 1990s and continuing to 2011, when police began a new investigation.

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