Harry and Meghan apologize for baby Archie's 'illegal' drone photos

The couple's lawyer said the Docs and the Duchess of Sussex had received an apology from a news agency for using drones to take "intrusive and illegal" photos of their son Archie.

 

Harry and Meghan apologize for baby Archie's 'illegal' drone photos

Harry and Meghan claimed the photos were an invasion of privacy and took legal action in Los Angeles in July.

 

In their lawsuit, the couple said a man photographed Archie at the age of 14 at their home during the Coronavirus lockdown.

 

On Thursday, his lawyer, Michael Kemp, said the agency responsible, X17, had apologized and agreed to "pay legal fees."

 

He added: "During the summer, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took action against intrusive and illegal papyrus photographs taken from their families at private residences.

 

"Today, the agency responsible for these photos - X17 - apologized and agreed to pay a permanent restraining order and legal fees.

 

"This is a successful outcome. All families have a right to feel safe and secure at home, which is protected by law."

 

According to Los Angeles County Superior Court documents, the photos included were of Archie and Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland.

 

X17 has agreed to transfer the photo to Harry and Megan and remove any copies from its archives or database.

 

He also promised, "No photo of the couple or their son taken by drones, zoom or telephone lenses in any private residence or nearby private grounds will ever be used again."

 

Harry and Meghan claim that for six weeks before the media published their new location, they lived "indeed" in Northern Canada, Canada.

 

He said the published photos showed "up to 40 paparazzi and media organizations descending on this peaceful community from hundreds of miles away."

 

The couple claimed that the drones were flown’ 20 feet above their home three times a day and some pictures of Archie were’ sold.

 

Helicopters also flew over the residence between 5.30am and 7pm, according to legal documents, "neighbors and their son had to stay awake day by day".

 

According to the lawsuit, the photographers cut holes in the security fence.

 

The lawsuit alleges that the former royal couple wanted to do what was necessary to "save their children from this ready-to-feed mania."

 

Harry and Meghan, who announced their retirement from senior royalty in March, have claimed that they "do nothing special" and only want the right to privacy.

 

Meghan is also suing the publisher of The Mail and Mail Online on Sunday over articles in which the Duchess as “private and secret” described her privately abducted father, Thomas Markle. Excerpts from the letter were’ published.


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