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Private investigator says he skirted laws to get info on Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, sell it to the Sun tabloid

By thanks Karla Adam

March 19, 2021

LONDON — Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, said that an investigation into how a British tabloid obtained personal details about the duchess shows that there are still “predatory” practices within the British news media.

Their statement follows an investigation by Byline Investigates into how the Sun tabloid hired an American private investigator, who says he unlawfully handed over personal details about the duchess when she first started dating Harry. Byline Investigates teamed up with the BBC and the New York Times to publish the investigative report Thursday night.

Daniel Hanks, 74, a veteran private investigator also known as “Danno,” told The Washington Post in a phone interview that he improperly accessed details about Meghan, including her ­Social Security number, and sold that information to the Sun.

In a statement, the Sun’s publisher said it had made a “legitimate” request for information from Hanks, and stressed that he was not asked to do “anything illegal or breach any privacy laws.”

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