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Prince Harry accepts apology for intrusive images

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settled and data protection claims Thursday against a agency that hovered over his home in a helicopter and took photos directly into his living room and bedroom.

accepted substantial damages and an apology from and The figure was not disclosed.

In a statement read at in on Harry's behalf, his said the rural retreat in Oxfordshire, was chosen because of "the high level of it afforded," but that now he and his wife feel "they are no longer able to live at the property."

It said that in January, chartered a helicopter that flew over the home at a low altitude, and photos it took were published by several

The agency pledged to "cease and desist from selling, issuing, publishing or making available the photographs."

also promised "not repeat its conduct by using any aerial means to take photographs or film footage of the duke's private home."

Splash says it "recognized that this situation represents an error of judgment" and promised it would not happen again.

The royals have in the past sought to defend their rights in the courts.

Harry's brother and his wife sued a French gossip magazine, for example, in a case of topless photos of the Duchess of

The couple filed a complaint after the photos were published in the magazine and a regional newspaper in 2012, the year after their wedding.

has complained in the past about intrusive press coverage. He and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, recently moved from central to a more secluded home, Frogmore Cottage, near some 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 00:40 IST