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Prince Harry wins damages over photos of home

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Britain's on Thursday settled for "substantial damages" and an apology from a agency that hovered over his home in a helicopter, taking photos directly into his living room and bedroom earlier this year.

Lawyers for the told the that the photographs showed the Oxfordshire home's interior and "very seriously undermined" his safety.

The images, which were taken in January and published in UK newspapers and online, showed the living area, dining area and "directly into the bedroom".

Justice Warby heard a statement in open court at the Royal Courts of Justice in in relation to Harry's privacy and data protection complaints and ruled in favour of the royal.

"The syndication and publication of the photographs very seriously undermined the safety and security of the Duke and the home to the extent that they are no longer able to live at the property, told the court.

"The property had been chosen by the Duke for himself and his wife given the high level of privacy it afforded given its position in a secluded area surrounded by private farmland away from any areas to which photographers have access," he said.

Tyrrell, who read a statement in court on Harry's behalf, said the couple had subsequently felt unable to live at the home near the Cotswolds village of Chipping in Oxfordshire.

The agency admitted an "error in judgment" and apologised to the 34-year-old royal.

"We apologise to the Duke and Duchess for the distress we have caused," it said in a statement.

The agency has promised to "cease and desist from selling, issuing, publishing or making available the photographs. It also said it will not repeat its conduct by using any aerial means to take photographs or film footage of the Duke's private home, which would infringe privacy or data rights or otherwise be unlawful activity.

said "acknowledges and welcomes the formal apology from News and Picture Agency".

and 37-year-old Meghan Markle, who recently became parents to new-born son Archie, have since moved into their family home at on Elizabeth II's Windsor Castle estate.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 16:41 IST